December 4, 2019

Advent is the beginning of the liturgical calendar and yet it is here that the lectionary places this story at the very beginning.  This is a somewhat contradictory notion… and yet, this brings us full circle.

December 3, 2019


Psalm 20: a Prayer for Victory

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
    The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
    and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your off...

December 2, 2019

It’s all about love!   Long before there were boundaries of space and time and before the foundation of the World, God was!  And with God was the Word, God’s Son called Jesus the Christ. God created the universe and set the planets in orbit.

December 2, 2019

This Advent we begin our journey into the beauty and the mess. The story of Jesus' birth is as beautiful as it is messy, and I think the author of Matthew understands this.

October 3, 2019

Lauren and I are sitting at the dining room table getting some work done as we often do on those rare occasions when we don't have meetings at the same time.  And is becoming the norm these days, just a few minutes ago the conversation turned to "who's got the baby at...

September 26, 2019

There's a small group of us that meets on Tuesday mornings as a kind of pre-seminary seminar for young adults discerning a call to ministry.  Right now we're reading a book on a mode of therapy known as Family Systems Theory, which basically states that you have to und...

November 8, 2018

I cannot count the number of times in seminary that we were taught to be the "non-anxious presence" as pastors - in fact, I don't even think that I can count the number of times I have been told that that's a pastor's role SINCE seminary.  Needless to say, it's quite a...

October 4, 2018

I wasn't going to write a post this week.  Pregnancy has been keeping me up at night, and I barely feel coherent enough to put enough words together to constitute a sentence.  But then I opened the Washington Post - and I can't let this one go.

In an article entitl...

September 27, 2018

Anyone who has ever heard me talk about theology will likely know that I love the resurrection.  Like, really love it.  Like, it's central to the way that I think about life and faith and just about everything else.  When we're interviewing ministry candidates on the f...