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.Continue reading “Book Excerpt for Father’s Day: Chapter Nine, “Wide””

A preliminary excerpt: “Good Because It’s True”

This is a short excerpt from the very preliminary draft of my book (!!!), One Coin Found, where I tell my story of falling in love with Scripture as a story written for the outcast. This is from chapter two, “Good Because It’s True,” a reflection on Holy Week and coming out. A content warning: as thisContinue reading “A preliminary excerpt: “Good Because It’s True””

Rules about chocolate: a sermon on insults, abuse, and lies

Object Lesson (kids’ names changed for privacy) One of our kids, John, got to open a small box. Inside: heart-shaped milk chocolates, foil wrapped. “Today,” I explained, “we’re going to talk about rules for chocolate.” Jane, whose mother has diagnosed her with “chronic cuteness syndrome,” narrowed her eyes and pouted in an exceptional ham-it-up moment. “RulesContinue reading “Rules about chocolate: a sermon on insults, abuse, and lies”

A Holiday for the Suffering:  Today’s Nativity

At the heart of the Christmas story is a story of God’s total embodiment into suffering.  God was not born into grandeur and palaces, but to an unwed teenage mother sleeping in a stable and fleeing a murderous king.  Christmas, at its core, is a holiday for the suffering. No Place For Them In thoseContinue reading “A Holiday for the Suffering:  Today’s Nativity”

Do you see this woman?: a preaching commentary on rape culture, Bathsheba, and the use of grace

Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy is he who sees a married woman from far off, commands her to be brought to him, rapes her, and sends her home. Happy is he who kills the husband of the woman he wants and who, when called out by the prophetContinue reading “Do you see this woman?: a preaching commentary on rape culture, Bathsheba, and the use of grace”

The Under-35 Theses

Brothers and Sisters, grace to you and peace from the Triune God. This month’s issue of The Lutheran, a monthly publication of our denomination (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), is set to publish a front page cover article by Charles Austin, called “Get set for clergy retirement wave.” Upon reading the article, we thoughtContinue reading “The Under-35 Theses”