Learning from Women

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 12:38-44, the story of the so-called "widow's mite."  I am growing a moustache for the month of November in support of a movement called “Movember.” Movember started about fifteen years ago in Australia, and is now embraced worldwide. … Continue reading Learning from Women

You’re Not a Burden.

It's day seven of Movember. Throughout this month, many people around the world (including me) are growing moustaches to build awareness of men's health issues. Many, many thanks to all the kind women who commented on my post a few days ago, in which I aired my concerns about focusing on men at a time … Continue reading You’re Not a Burden.

One Down

About two months ago, I submitted a proposal for my book, Darkwater: Memoir of a Pastor Who Lives with Depression to two publishers. I knew that it could take several months to hear back from them. I don't know how the internal workings of publishing houses work, but I imagine that they have to work through … Continue reading One Down

Clinging

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, All Saints Sunday. The gospel text was John 11:32-44, the raising of Lazarus. One day, not long after Halloween, a day not unlike today, a monkey came upon a jar filled with Halloween candy. It’s not important how this jar got into the … Continue reading Clinging

Movember in an Age of #MeToo

It's day three of Movember, the month in which I join millions of other men in wearing a moustache, in order to bring awareness to men's health issues. But I'll be honest: there's something that seems really off this year about this, especially so soon after the Kavanaugh hearings. There's something that just seems wrong … Continue reading Movember in an Age of #MeToo

It’s Movember

I have been rocking an excellent multicolored beard for some time now. It's become more and more grey, with flecks and stripes of red still in it as a throwback to my youth. (My beard has always come in red, despite my dark brown hair. Call me GingerChin. No, actually, please don't.) But now the … Continue reading It’s Movember

Oh, the Places You’re Free

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Reformation Sunday. It was also the occasion of the Confirmation of two of our youth, Erinn and Jared. The gospel reading was John 8:31-36. As part of the sermon, I read aloud from a copyrighted book; instead of printing the book's word's here, I … Continue reading Oh, the Places You’re Free