The Firstborn of Creation? (Easter Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Resurrection of Our Lord. The gospel text was Luke 24:1-12. Last Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A few of you did … Continue reading The Firstborn of Creation? (Easter Sermon)

The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Luke 6:27-38. There is a third way. There is always a third way. I believe that. Now, I don’t always succeed in acting on that. I don’t even always remember that I believe it. … Continue reading The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

A Dark Novella

So, there were times this year when I found myself writing a lot. And what I wrote was dark, really dark. But it kept flowing. Twenty thousand words later, I had created a novella called The Lepers in Your Head. I just started editing it, to clean it up a bit and make sure it … Continue reading A Dark Novella

The Smartest Kid in School (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached yesterday, the Third Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 11:2-11. I also began a two-month period of leading the congregation in talking and praying about "pastoral care." You may see this theme appear in many upcoming sermons. When you’re in school, sometimes you … Continue reading The Smartest Kid in School (Sermon)

Cat-Sized Hole

I buried a cat yesterday. It was a very difficult process. I don't mean emotionally -- although I'll get to that part soon enough. I mean physically difficult. The house where I live is adjacent to several acres of woods, and there is an abundance of spots in the woods to lay the body of … Continue reading Cat-Sized Hole

Forty-Six

I've been waiting for this one for a while. I love this story. I first heard about this on the TV show Ripley's Believe It or Not! There have been several shows over the years with that name; the one I'm referring to is the one that was on ABC from 1982 to 1986, hosted by Jack … Continue reading Forty-Six

A Very, Very Quick Survey

I invite all readers of this to answer a very, very quick one-question survey. Unlike the last survey I posted, I promise this one will not cause any discomfort whatsoever. I also promise that you'll see the results posted here within the next month. Thank you for your time. Take the survey here.

One

Hold my breath as I wish for death Oh please, God, wake me -- Metallica One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do -- Harry Nilsson Just promise me, you'll always be a friend 'Cause you are the only one -- Ed Sheeran Those are lyrics from just three of the thirty-two songs (according … Continue reading One

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