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What’s a Nice Baptist Girl Like You Doing in a Mosque Like This?

Last night I went to a mosque. It was a first for me, though I've known Muslim people since I was little. Our dinner table was often crowded with my daddy's PhD students and their young families, and many of them were Muslim. "Again?" I'd groan to Mom, wondering why I couldn't be born into [...]

February 3rd, 2017|3 Comments

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Need Hope? Jump Into the Flow

"You nervous?" Todd asked me, handing me my wetsuit. "Nervous? Why should I be nervous?" I asked. I'd gone whitewater rafting several times before and it was no big deal. Besides, I'd grown up around water- if spending lazy summers poolside at the NCSU Faculty Club counted. I might be a klutz on land, but [...]

February 1st, 2017|Personal Blog|0 Comments

Red, White, and Blue- and the Gospel Too

Have you met my friend and former neighbor in France, Madame Mallet? That's her on the left. If you read French by Heart, you may remember what a hilarious, complicated character and friend she was to me and my family. This pic was taken during a visit a couple summers ago, when we surprised her [...]

January 28th, 2017|Personal Blog|3 Comments

My Gift from a Trip to Film School- and Why Barron Trump (and Every Child) Needs It

My six foot four baby wants to go to film school, so at 7:15 am on Saturday morning, we loaded up the car, grabbed coffee and a map (which he thinks is hilarious and old fashioned and so mom-ish of me) and headed down the highway for his big interview. I figured that while we were there, we'd get a [...]

January 25th, 2017|Personal Blog|6 Comments

How It’s Possible for Me to Celebrate Today- and 8 Reasons You Can Too!

It's a big day today, people! A day that calls for brass bands and balloons, military flyovers and cheering crowds, a dance around the kitchen and a one woman parade to the Krispy Kreme drive thru --and that's all before I change out of my pajamas! Something HUUUUUUGE is happening and it's finally time to talk about it! [...]

January 20th, 2017|Personal Blog|2 Comments

The Allure of Mr. Money Bags- Our Job for Friday and Now and Beyond

Photo by aisletwentytwo on flickr.com Who doesn't love a big bag of money? The kids in church on Sunday sure did. We were telling them the story about how Jesus got his disciples, and when we shared the part about Levi the tax collector, (insert BOO HISS here- nobody likes tax collectors) and how Jesus wanted [...]

January 18th, 2017|Personal Blog|0 Comments

Rise Up, Mr. Trump. A Love Note (In a Sense) from a Christian Sister

No matter how we feel about it, this time next week, our country will have a new president. If you had a chance to meet with him - and confidence that he would actually listen to what you had to say- what would you talk to him about? I know how it would go for [...]

January 14th, 2017|Personal Blog|2 Comments