Get Ready (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel was Luke 12:32-40. At this service, I officiated at the Holy Baptism of "Austin" (not his real name). Good morning, Austin. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today is a very special day for you. Today, we proclaim God’s love for … Continue reading Get Ready (Sermon)

The Summer of 2017

For the next month or so, I am reflecting back on summers in my past, partially to discern why my depression tends to get worse in the summer, and partially as a project to get myself writing again. I'm thinking back on those days, seeing what I did and how I felt, and seeing what … Continue reading The Summer of 2017

Big Grace, Big Work (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 7. The gospel reading was Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Apologies for the lateness of this post. God has work for you to do. Do you know how big this work is? Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of … Continue reading Big Grace, Big Work (Sermon)

How Can You Be God’s Kingdom?

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 10:35-45. Throughout worship today, I invited people to perform gestures and poses they weren't used to for various elements in worship, things like making the sign of the cross, and using the American Sign Language sign for "Thank … Continue reading How Can You Be God’s Kingdom?

The Truth of the Dark Voice

It was an amazing day at church this morning. It was Rally Day, the first day of Sunday School, the first day of a brand new Sunday School program at our church, with new teachers, a new curriculum, and a new style of teaching. It was Youth Sunday, an annual event where our teenagers plan … Continue reading The Truth of the Dark Voice

Moving the Source of Darkwater

What happened today was a long time coming. I have to start from the beginning. Forty-two years ago, I was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Breakerville, a small town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. (I’ve changed the names of both the church and the town, for reasons you'll get to in a … Continue reading Moving the Source of Darkwater

Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the past 26 days, I’ve been publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. It's now Christmas Day, so here is 2017's poem. Merry Christmas! If you're not familiar with … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”