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Drama and Desire

I write occasionally for A Beautiful Mess, and my most recent contribution went up last week. It’s about drama, desire and baby-making. (Intrigued?)

Here’s an excerpt:

At the time, my reluctance to admit that we are trying to bring new life into the world felt mysterious and somehow wrong. I reasoned to myself that I wasn’t ready to own the desire for children, or that I was somehow protecting my step-kids by relying on the idea of an eventual holy accident rather than an intentional conception. I stayed up at night, thinking about why I wasn’t able to want children enough to ditch the double negative. I asked myself if I was just avoiding not wanting to have kids—or avoiding wanting to have kids.

Read there rest here.

Remembering to Read

I’ve been catching up on my RSS feed today, and came across this lovely post by my friend Sara Zarr. Sara is way more professional and accomplished than I am, but she hangs out with me now and then anyway (mostly at the Glen Workshop, because she lives far away).

I’m grateful for the reminder to protect my reading time. Recently, reading has been reduced to blogs, things I’m editing, and the occasional article. I have several novels on my bedside table and on my Kindle, just waiting for me. I needed the nudge to hit the books once again, and to remember why I love words in the first place.


Why I Teach About Sexuality & Spirituality

This beautiful post by Sarah Bessey over at A Deeper Story is one of the many reasons why I speak, teach and write about sexuality and spirituality. I want to see sexuality redeemed in the church and the world. I believe it can be.

Listening to Myself



So, I find listening to myself speak fairly horrific. I’m cringing at all the umms, ahhs, likes and awkward pauses, not to mention my really lame jokes.

That said, if you’d like to wade through all that, Renovaré has just posted their first podcast, which is a recording of a talk that I gave on November 20, 2012 called Living Sacrifices: How Redemption of the Body Forms Our Souls. It’s about an hour long. Enjoy!