1. Which person in your life had the greatest influence upon your calling? That would be my mother. She was a product of the 1930’s – a child of the depression. She was a woman of faith, a woman who lived 50 years before her time. She was a woman in a man’s world, which inspires me. She gave me my life verse – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and “All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” Last year I found a piece of paper among my grandfather’s things where he quoted Romans 8:28 as well. My faith comes from my parents and grandparents, and yet through God’s providence, it is mine as well.
2. What book has been those most impactful upon your spiritual development? I cannot think on one single book. Parker Palmer’s work, Barbara Brown Taylor, Fred Craddock, Tom Long, Walter Brueggemann, Rachel Naomi Remen all are wonderful authors.
3. Tea or coffee? Heh heh heh. Both. Coffee in the morning until about noon then I swap over to tea – both hot and iced. My husband gave me a “year of tea” that was 52 varieties of tea – 10 bag of each type. Yum. One day, I’ll float away….. which reminds me of Chaos’ favorite joke – did you hear about the old Indian who just loved tea? He died one night – they found him the next morning in his Tee Pee.
1. Who's your favorite Biblical woman? Ruth, because it’s all about sex. =o). Not really, although I have written a complete exegesis on the book of Ruth. Fascinating stuff. It might be the woman at the well – the first person in the book of John to recognize Jesus as the messiah – or it could be Mary, the mother. Who is your favorite?
2. How did you meet your husband? Ah, on the proto-internet. I met him on an online forum wa-a-a-ay before there was an internet, at Ga. Tech. Back in the early 1980s. True geekdom here. I met him in person at what is now the Masquerade where Jay Bakker preachs. He wore black concert tee-shirts and black jeans, with mutton-chops. I think he was wearing a “Rush” tee-shirt that night. He was really protogoth geeky strange. So I tried to out weird him and told him I was a Gideon Bible salesperson who stole Gideon Bibles out of hotel rooms and sold them to lost souls on the streets of Atlanta and that was how I had met a mutual friend. He thought I was strange. Ah, we’re so boring now.
3. If you had a favorite child, would you admit it? Hmmm… I don’t think so. My kids are so different – and I wonder if it would be a good thing to do so. What do you think?
Good day at school today. I actually enjoyed the entire day. We breathed in breathing class (OK, it's called "Oral Presentation of Scripture and Sermon" and we do more that just breathe -- but -- it's really interesting how breathing correctly can really change a sermon), we preached in preaching class, we watched "The Apostle" in Con Ed (Contexual Education, usually accompanied with the word "bleh"), we had a contemporary worship service and then the Order of St. Luke had dinner with Dr. Saliers. Cool day. If they were all like this, life would be so fun.
Then home to cook dinner, pick up, wash clothing, scrub pots, clean the kitty box, help Chaos (the 11 year old) with homework and Entropy (the 8 year old) with a project. Hmmm.... School was more fun.