Author: Emmy Kegler

My faith makes space for this. I wish it didn’t.

My faith makes space for this. I wish it didn’t. I was seventeen, fresh out of the closet and out of the Assemblies of God, when the problem of unjust suffering was first proposed to me. Our AP Humanities teacher, Ms. Dahlin, had no qualms about running junior and senior high school minds right into…
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Jellybean Easter Poem: Black for the Tomb

If you’re looking for an alternative jellybean poem for Easter, we used this last year at Grace Lutheran in Northeast Minneapolis. I grew up with the popular “Red is for the blood he gave” version, and I felt very uncertain about passing that on to the next generation. I wanted a poem that reflected the…
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One Coin Found: “Lost”

I want to tell you, beloved, about the lost chapter of the Bible. You’ve probably already found it. It’s one of those secrets hiding in plain sight. You might know the feeling—like everyone who meets you sees you, but doesn’t really see you. You feel like you’re giving every possible signal other than tattooing it…
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Transgression, Depression, Oppression: Part Three, “Transgression”

Adapted from a talk given at Nevertheless She Preached in 2017 and at the Crossings Conference in 2019. Transgression, Depression, Oppression: Sin and Justice at the Margins of Faith Part Three: Transgression The accompanying presentation from 2019 can be viewed here. TRANSGRESSION I grew up in a deeply liturgical congregation of the Episcopal Church. The…
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Transgression, Depression, Oppression: Part Two, “The Sound of Silence”

Adapted from a talk given at Nevertheless She Preached in 2017 and at the Crossings Conference in 2019. Transgression, Depression, Oppression: Sin and Justice at the Margins of Faith Part Two: The Sound of Silence I know what it is like to weigh the danger of a moment. As a gay woman and a pastor…
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Transgression, Depression, Oppression: Part One, “Introduction & Invitation”

Adapted from a talk given at Nevertheless She Preached in 2017 and at the Crossings Conference in 2019. Transgression, Depression, Oppression: Sin and Justice at the Margins of Faith Part One: Introduction & Invitation We’ve become increasingly aware, as we move forward from the glory of the Reformation into what its five hundred year old…
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How to Ruin the Christmas Pageant

Okay y’all, buckle up for How to Ruin the Christmas Pageant. Mark’s gospel starts with Jesus as a full adult at the shores of the river Jordan. John’s gospel starts with the beginning of the universe, and then goes straight to adult Jesus also. The two birth stories of Jesus are found in Luke 1:26-2:20…
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Book Excerpt for Father’s Day: Chapter Nine, “Wide”

I miss my father. Not the man that died three years ago, two months shy of his eighty-eighth birthday, a few weeks past my parents’ thirty-third wedding anniversary. Not the man whose slow physical decline compromised in turns his body, his mind, and his heart. Not the man whose prescriptions increased while his world decreased.…
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A Sermon Turned Upside Down

On the day of Pentecost it’s best for us to stay inside No one among the disciples could believe that the gospel is for everyone. It might shock us to hear, but the message of God’s love is only for a select group. Never would the disciples say that the spirit of God would be…
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A Mother’s Day Litany

We remember the mothers of our faith, the bearers of God’s story. We remember Eve, Naomi, the wife of Job, and Mary the mother of Jesus: women who buried their children, lives lost unbearably early. We mourn with you. May the God who mothers each of us be a source of life for you. We…
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