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The empty table (and some thoughts on filling it)

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in empty nest, faith, hospitality, Keri's Soul, sabbath | 7 comments

The empty table (and some thoughts on filling it)

As a treat to myself on a fall afternoon, I pull out my trusty Le Creuset dutch oven. At 3 in the afternoon, I chop onions, garlic, rosemary, and parsnips; brown beef ribs marbled with fat; pour nearly all of a bottle of red wine over all of it. Chop, brown, simmer, braise. Salt, pepper, butter. I’m in my happy place. Once the meal is in the oven, I work for a few more hours, savoring the smell of Zinfandel-braised short ribs that drifts up the stairs to my office. A bit later, I make mashed red potatoes (with a few turnips from the last...

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Empty nest? Not so great.

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in character, empty nest, faith, Keri's Soul, parenting, women | 3 comments

Empty nest? Not so great.

So I have been an “empty nester” for exactly one week. So far, it totally sucks. I do not like it one bit. I am irritable and difficult–I admit this. Something feels off balance, and I am appalled by my own crankiness.  After looking around the dinner table last night, I burst into tears and stormed out of the house to walk around the block, sobbing. Mostly because my husband “set” the table for the two of us (and a ridiculously large pot of spaghetti–I don’t know how to make just a little bit of anything!) by shoving the...

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It’s Holy Week. So…??

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in bible literacy, hospitality, Keri's Soul, pace of life, spiritual formation | 0 comments

Suddenly, Easter is next weekend. But this week, like any other, is busy and full. But it is, after all, Holy Week. A week where, if we can find make the time, we want to reflect, connect. It should be the most significant week of the year for Christ followers. What does Holy Week have to do with our wired lives? Where can our 24/7 lives intersect with the slow, significant events of Christ’s journey to the cross? My post at The High Calling today attempts to answer these questions. It’s the first in a three-part series connecting our...

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A call to loving action re: World Vision’s decisions

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in parenting, social justice, spiritual formation, Uncategorized | 13 comments

A call to loving action re: World Vision’s decisions

OR: Why I didn’t, and still won’t, drop my sponsored child When I heard about World Vision’s recent decision to allow hiring of employees in same-sex marriages, it never even occurred to me to drop my sponsored child. Why? Because of love. Because the Bible says we should not withhold good when we have the power to help, or  “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person” (Proverbs 3:27, MSG). World Vision’s board took a brave step, which they genuinely believed would move toward unity, and they...

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Of babies and bathwater

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in bible literacy, bible literacy, theology, women, women in the church | 8 comments

Of babies and bathwater

“In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity.” This quote, often attributed to Augustine, is believed to have been actually penned by a seventeenth century German Lutheran theologian, Rupertus Meldenius, urging Christians to get along with one another during a bitter war that started because of differences in theology. Of course, today, Christians argue over which things are essentials and which are not. They don’t even have unity about which things to have unity about. Especially in online forums or blog...

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Did Jesus have women as disciples?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in women, women in the church | 3 comments

Are women to be excluded from church leadership because Jesus’ 12 disciples were men? Believe it or not, in 2013 there are still churches that believe this, who use it as an argument against the ordination of women or even allowing a woman to teach or lead. John Piper  and many other complementarian pastors argue that women cannot be pastors because the 12 disciples were men. But Jesus did have women who were disciples, who not only traveled with him (a scandalous thing in the Ancient World) but seemed to act as patrons for Jesus. Patrons...

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Bring it! (or, How to figure out your true priorities)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in character, faith, spiritual formation, theology | 2 comments

Bring it! (or, How to figure out your true priorities)

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10)  He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey;  and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him.  Then you and the Levites and the...

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Breadwinner wives

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in freelance writing, theology, women | 0 comments

About a year ago, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg published what would quickly become a bestselling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. She encouraged women to “lean in” to their careers, rather than holding back. To take their place at the table. About that same time, several studies announced that about 40 percent of wives in the U.S. out-earned their husbands, and that because so many households were headed by single moms, women were often the primary breadwinners. Being a wife who earns more than her husband, I had a...

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Spring cleaning for the soul

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Spring cleaning for the soul

Today’s warm weather (and the threat of more snow later this week) got me thinking about spring cleaning. Does anyone do that anymore? I need to, of course–in the house, in the backyard, where the snow is morphing into mud. But what would it look like to do a bit of spring cleaning in your soul? As the first week of Lent unfolds, some thoughts… Patches of grimy snow are still scattered on my lawn. Winter is not over, but I’m stirred within somehow. I want to do a little spring cleaning. Not in my house. Anyone who knows me...

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Words every kid needs to hear

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in character, parenting, spiritual formation, spiritual mentoring | 3 comments

Words every kid needs to hear

My son, my youngest child, turned 18 yesterday. By some definitions, an adult. A letter from the Selective Service showed up in today’s mail. (Gulp). I will always be his mother, and he will continue to be dependent on me and my husband for several years yet. But this is the last year he will live at home, the last season in which we can have daily, in person contact. Some of the best parenting advice I ever got was simply this: keep the end in mind. When kids develop their own opinions (which starts at day one but really accelerates at about...

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