Power Plays in Masterpiece’s Victoria

Can Jesus be with Queen Victoria as she struggles to find the right man in a court filled with uncles and male cousins who just want to control her?

Christmas and The Great British Bake Off

As I contemplate the end of the The Great British Bake Off as I know it and its intersection with the end of Christmas, I can’t help but think about the challenge of the Nativity.

Picwits and Getting Picked

Playing the game Picwits helps call me back to God, the one who knows us completely, who makes us whole.

Ruby Bridges and the Problem We All (Still) Live With

Ruby Bridges reminds us that hatred of God’s children cannot be anything but sinful, and we must be vigilant in confronting not just what we’ve done, but what we have left undone.

‘What Has Cast Such a Shadow upon You?’ Reading Benito Cereno after the Election

As my students and I discussed Herman Melville‘s “Benito Cereno” the text on Friday, many of them wept.

The More Things Change, the More God Stays the Same

Friendships change. Families change. Traditions change. There is, in every season of change, an everlasting, eternal, unchanging God upon whom I can fix my eyes.

All Saints’ Day and Election Season

We are all sinners and saints alike, but on All Saints’ Day, we trace our lineage through the departed saints who’ve walked in the faith before us.

Loving All the Little Children, in Preschool and Beyond

God is in those supermarket conversations, and God is in those preschool classrooms; the challenge may be to see Him beyond our own biases.

Sincere Faith and the Great Pumpkin

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! is not about the sacred in opposition to the secular but a striving to find the sacred within the secular.

The Kiddy Pool: Censoring and Editing Children’s Books

My husband and I do censor books, but as people of faith, we parents have to trust that we’ve done the best we can to prepare our children to cope in a broken world on their own.

Back-to-School as Secular Liturgy

As a parent, I move in time with the liturgy of school and parenthood that allocates a season for all things.

The Kiddy Pool: Presidential Daughters

We want to believe that our presidential choice shares our values when it comes to future generations, however unlikely that is in reality.

The Kiddy Pool: Summertime, and the Livin’ Ain’t Easy

Reflecting on summer vacation prompts me to consider just how ordinary poverty is for so many of my neighbors, literal and figurative.

The Kiddy Pool: The Problem with Promises in Marriage Vows

Marriage vows hold us to a standard impossible to attain without the grace and forgiveness of Christ and each other.

The Kiddy Pool: Waiting for Dory

And Finding Dory is a film that celebrates Dory as the arrow who flies just as much as it celebrates her parents as the stable bow.

The Kiddy Pool: Beauty and Brokenness at the Beach

I can’t impose the order I long for on the world or even a child’s seashell collection.