It's wintertime. For me, that means dry skin. Loads of Lubriderm on my hands and arms throughout the season. But my fingers always get the worst of it. Cracks. Tiny cuts. I often go to bed with a band-aid or two on my thumbs, just because it makes it feel better. The most common place … Continue reading Remember
Trigger warning: This post gets dark toward the end. I am a Christian. I am, in fact, an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, so I suppose that makes me a professional Christian. And yet, I find that I have a lot of trouble with one of the … Continue reading Life without Afterlife
I am sorry. To the brave men and women who have given their lives in service of this country I call home, I am sorry. You sacrificed for the ideals of this nation, for the ideals of freedom and liberty and justice. You gave your lives with those ideals in mind, sometimes defending the freedoms … Continue reading Memorial Day: Apology and Dream
This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was Luke 24:13-35. In last week's sermon, I invited people to write down their fears on index cards, and get them to me. Many people did, and I incorporated some of them into today's sermon. … Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Emmaus
This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached today, the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the next twenty weeks, my sermon themes will have to do with twenty Spiritual Gifts. Today's gift is "Music," and the associated scripture passage was Psalm 30. My life flows on in endless song; above earth's … Continue reading How Can I Keep From Singing?