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...

September 14, 2018

Perusing Facebook earlier this week, I was disturbed (though not altogether surprised) to find several posts about some nasty goings-on at Princeton Theological Seminary - my alma mater.  Openly LGBTQ+ students, some of whom were in their first week on campus, were rec...

August 2, 2018

It's officially August, and I'm going to take the month off of church blogging to focus on some other endeavors.  For the last post before September, I'm linking to my most recent blog for the Presbyterian Outlook!  It's about the awesomeness of small churches - and ho...

Shortly after the news broke that a restaurant owner had refused Sarah Huckabee Sanders service, politely asking her to leave because of her association with President Trump, Facebook exploded.  Accounts of the event from different news sources were being shared right...

June 14, 2018

Yesterday Lauren stumbled across one of those "Why LGBTQ+ persons might not be attending your 'welcoming' church" articles on Facebook.  Out of curiosity, she read it.  Usually, we nod through that kind of piece because they say things we already know: saying you're we...

By Monday morning friends from across the country were checking in with me on Facebook.  "We saw the news about Ellicott City - that's near you, right?  We just wanted to make sure you were okay."  I assured them we were - our buildings got wet, yes, but we were relati...

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