Last week, my pastor sent me an e-mail about the Sermon Team I am on with him and the other pastors. I responded to his question, but had to do some soul purifying first:

Kathi Headshot 2008- smallKathi to Scott: “Hey there – first a confession. Yesterday (Sunday) Roger and I completely slept in. We felt so bad but just couldn’t make it to church. So, we decided to run some errands. Roger and I were in the car and he said ‘Knowing our luck, we’ll probably see someone from church.’

Talking on my phone to my mom I went ahead of Roger into Target and saw…you. And like a two year old – went down a different aisle. I wasn’t raised in the church, but I got all of the guilt of a Jewish and Catholic upbringing combined…”

ScottScott to Kathi: ” Church ditching is not the unforgivable sin, but hiding from your pastor is!  (said with a big out loud laugh)  I just read a story yesterday about someone who hid, her name was Eve. (again, said with a huge smile on my face!)  Don’t take the ribbing personally, I think it’s funny.  If I were you I would run the other way next time because I will shout across Target ‘Hey, Kathi I didn’t see you in church today!”

HELLO – That’s exactly why I avoided him. He would have no problem calling me out at Target.

Kathi to Scott: “Mind if I put this up on my blog – it is pretty funny.”

Scott to Kathi: “You bet, because you know it’s going to show up in a sermon.”


Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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