Concerning the Times and the Seasons: Summer 2019

"But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you."  (I Thessalonians 5:1) Paul's words come embedded with a warning to the church--sort of a, "It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway" message regarding a certain watchfulness and an inspired willingness to live in the present… Continue reading Concerning the Times and the Seasons: Summer 2019

Celebrating the Labor and the Love

Celebrating the Labor and the Love in the Spiritual Discipline of Housekeeping

Most days on this country hill are a blur.  With every line in my planner filled, there’s also the background music of laundry and continual cleaning.  In the winter, there’s a voracious wood stove; in the summer there’s a garden that needs constant attention. Stuffing a ratty t-shirt into the washer’s maw, I try not… Continue reading Celebrating the Labor and the Love

3 Stories Completely Ended: Jayber Crow Discussion Group (2)

My faith unraveled at a Christian college. I know that’s not the way it’s supposed to happen, and I can remember wishing that a hostile, atheistic professor had bludgeoned me into my doubts with brilliantly irrefutable arguments. It would make for a much better story. Instead, the truth is I just got numb. The constant barrage… Continue reading 3 Stories Completely Ended: Jayber Crow Discussion Group (2)

“Laundry Is My Overflowing Inbox”: Working within the Home

Stuffing a ratty t-shirt into the washer's maw, I try not to think about the fact that it was only yesterday that I hung this very same t-shirt on the clothesline.  The laundry is never done -- even though we are down to a family of four these days.  How in the world did I… Continue reading “Laundry Is My Overflowing Inbox”: Working within the Home

The Work of Home

Most days on this country hill are a blur.  With every line in my planner filled, there's also the background music of laundry and continual cleaning.  In the winter, there's a voracious wood stove; in the summer there's a garden that needs constant attention.  Of course, at the far right side of this equation of… Continue reading The Work of Home

A Theology of Home

Keeping Place by Jen Pollock Michel

Rootedness was always the thing that both repelled and intrigued me.  I left my parents' home at the age of seventeen and pictured a life unleashed -- no commitments.  I copied all my record albums onto small and portable cassette tapes (dinosaur alert!) and prepared for the unencumbered life.  With that resolve in my rear… Continue reading A Theology of Home

Love Them Into Being

For the past twenty-one years, my designated occupation on our tax forms and all official (and unofficial) documents has been "domestic diva."  Given the flashy title, my house should look a lot better than it does, but my fierce and steadfast focus within that job title has been to raise four young men to love… Continue reading Love Them Into Being