This has been a weird weekend. I did not go to church this morning, which for me is not normal. Now, for the past five weeks I of course haven't been to my own church, but I always go to church, even when I'm on vacation or medical leave. But today, because of various reasons … Continue reading Nerd Nite or Church
This is a semi-fictional account of two events: a spiritual quest I went on in Schuylkill County yesterday, and a session with my spiritual director this morning. There's no need to try to discern how much of it is "true." In a way, it all is. I walk the streets of this town, looking for … Continue reading Darkwater
I have lived in a "parsonage" of sorts for my whole life, living in one way or another the life of a professional religious person. I spent my childhood literally in two parsonages, the son of a Lutheran Church in America (from 1988 on, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) pastor. I attended an ELCA-affiliated college … Continue reading An American Lutheran or a Lutheran American?
This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached today, the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C). I preached on the first reading, Acts 11:1-8. Simon Peter got in trouble with the other church leaders in Jerusalem, because they thought he was going against God’s word. This takes place in the early church, just … Continue reading The Trajectory of God’s Word
I posted this essay on Facebook in December 2015. It's a seasonal essay, about the so-called "War on Christmas." But I think some of the points transcend that season, and apply to the church at any time of year. Either way, I thought it belonged on this blog, and I didn't want to wait another … Continue reading A rant about the “War on Christmas”