Commentary

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Summer of Scripture: Jeremiah, whores, and addiction

Episcopal priest friends in Madison are leading a group of young adults in a Bible read-through this summer — the whole Bible in 90 days.  I joined them from a distance, and although my commitment to the project has varied (I made three videos to introduce the first three books […]

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Seminary newspaper article: “Not the Internship I Signed Up For”

This was published in the Concord, the seminary student newspaper, in March 2013, in an issue titled “At the Cross (Roads).” ———– “Not the Internship I Signed Up For” All my internship interviews had begun the same way:  “So, tell me about yourself.”  By my fourth interview I walked into the room feeling solidly […]

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“Of History and Religion: Raise Your Voice”

article published in Lavender Magazine, October 20 2011 —————————————————————————————–As we approach on the ballot measure in November 2012, we will begin to hear “Christian” voices in support of a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.  These voices seem inescapable and indefatigable.  Yet, as an openly partnered queer woman and a student […]