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Anonymous asked: What draws you to pastoral ministry?

An anonymous question from Tumblr during my attempt at “Ask Away Weds” came in with this: What draws you to pastoral ministry? Here’s my reply. —- There are two core … wait.  Three.  Three core things I get deeply excited about in ministry. * Scripture.  I am giddy about Scripture. […]

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So many Jesus movies, so little time

An assignment this week for my Passion Narratives is to watch a movie that includes the passion of Jesus, and to critically analyze it. This is how that would look on the SATs: Child : candy store :: Emmy : Jesus moviesI have been a lover of Jesus movies, and […]

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2013: A Review

Well, hey, all. 2013 was a hard year — the hardest of my adult life so far.  And yet there were so many good things.  To sum up 2013: Light of the World Lutheran Church I could do a series of posts about the gifts my internship congregation has given […]

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Flying home.

Spent four days in Chicago with the Organizing for Mission cohort this week.  Learned a lot, made new friends and connections, got invigorated.  Also did not get as much sleep as I would like, and felt exhausted and over-peopled a good chunk of the time, too.  I was sad to […]

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And the valley was full of bones.

I got my paperwork back from my mission developer/redeveloper interview. Mission developers and redevelopers are pastors and potential pastors, who are approved by the ELCA to start new congregations (developers) or revitalizing dying congregations (redevelopers).  The paperwork is a culmination of a personal inventory, a pre-screening, and a 3-4 hour […]

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The Beauty Collective

I crossed paths with a college friend last summer, at a mutual friend’s wedding; I was officiating, Noelle was photographing.  We got to chat and catch up a bit, and to delight in each other’s successes, that five years after graduation we were chasing our dreams. A few months later, […]

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“Came to believe that only a Power higher than ourselves…”

I went to Al-Anon today. I went a few times, with my mom, when I was a teenager and my dad’s alcohol abuse was really disruptive.  Going to Al-Anon, I discovered, was a way to make him stop drinking, at least for a few weeks.  If you know anything about […]

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A minister’s inheritance

My uncle Maynard passed away two months ago. His longtime companion Vern, and his nurse Suzanne, sorted through his effects at the house in Arizona.  Photos are being saved, journals preserved, items sent to friends and family. Including three boxes to my parents’ house, to the new reverend in the […]

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Uncle Maynard

My uncle Maynard died this morning.  He was 87.  He’d struggled the past several years with Alzheimer’s and general old age.  He started palliative care last Monday. He had no children.  He was my father’s only brother.  And he is the Catholic father who baptized me. My parents were both […]

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Love is not a victory march — it’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah

I’ve been struggling lately with my call.  Oh, not with whether or not I’m called, or what I’m called to, but rather where. Shortly stated:  I’m a little tired of the church. I feel like there is so much work to be done before any real work can be done. […]