Heaven & Hell

“Hell-oween:” Scaring the Hell out of People

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Last week, I got this query: Hello Anna, As I walked to work this morning I saw posters for a “Hell-oween” event…I called the number on the poster and learned that it is going to be a haunted house similar to “Hell House”  which highlights “real-life” terror such as abortion, suicide, homosexuality, etc. I am concerned, and frustrated. You […]

Can Grace Really Be Pulled out of the Fire? Scary Matthew 13.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Anna- curious of your understanding of Matthew 13:36-43.  Is this really telling of a one time judgement and not an eternal one?  I was thinking of our conversation at Outlaw Ranch this past week.  It sounds pretty eternal to me. Dang. There’s always gotta be one in the crowd who listens and then in their […]

“Rarely, will anyone die for a righteous person.” The Impracticality of Jesus’ Death

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The problem I see every day amongst Christians is the inability to find a more practical explanation to those of us who don’t quite understand the meaning of giving up your only son to save a bunch of sinners. Why would anyone do that? And worse: no matter what kind of crook you’ve been your […]


Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Well, if you can read this, you too have not been raptured. Turns out, nobody has. Or at least, no one whom anybody has noticed is gone missing. Which you have to grant would be discouraging even in absentia. To some, this threatened doomsday of May 21 might be old news.  But I’m still thinking it’s […]

Of a Bridge and a Bell and Ashes Above Your Eyes

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

My daughter Else and I have settled in these last several nights to read Bridge to Terabithia. We’re approaching the end of the tale, and knowing what will happen in just a few page flips, I have my kleenex box at the ready. Last night, we read the chapter “Easter.”  Leslie, the doomed girl who […]

Where Land and Community and Justice and Promise Meet

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Question: I was brought up being told that God is everywhere, and all powerful, that those who seek shall find, and that it is quite possible to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, while fearing no evil. But this kind of teaching seems incongruous with the idea of holy places, or places […]

Rabbit Rabbit

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Two days ago I learned that my friend Ellie committed suicide. I am very sad. Ellie was the secretary in the foreign language department at St. Olaf College, where I went to school.  For some reason or another the work study gods smiled down on my blonde head instead of all the others on the […]

“Saving” Politics

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The only time I get to see Jon Stewart is on youtube clips. I save my ironing for Masterpiece Mystery on Sunday nights, and my laundry folding for PBSkids’ Ruff Ruffman after school. (Side note: Did you happen to catch Sherlock Holmes last night?  Almost makes me hope that Jesus won’t come before the series […]

Hunches, hopes, hints about grace

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Question: If we are saved by God’s grace and yet we continue to turn our back on God, i.e., we don’t practice our faith, we don’t pray, we don’t read God’s word, we continue to repeat the same sins over and over, etc. if we die are we saved or did we fall short of […]