On Sunday, it was such a joy to preach at my favorite Lutheran church in the whole wide world, my home church, Holy Trinity Lutheran in Chicago. When I…
In normal everyday human life — especially in today’s world — we mostly live horizontally. Our eyes don’t drift much above the horizon line. Especially…
Last week, I preached a sermon about the Shakespearean drama of Herod ordering the beheading of John the Baptist and how when we’re trapped in justifyi…
I recently learned about a Christian icon that I’ve grown particularly drawn to. It’s a door knocker on the sanctuary door of the Durham Cathedral in N…
Humans have always held a religious vigor for retributive justice. In other words, justice through “right-handed” means; or a means of strength, glory,…
If we’re honest with ourselves, we see that we usually start from a place of exclusion. I know I do. A lot of religious folks see the masses largely as…
A couple of weeks ago, I started the leg of my pre-ordained journey called CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). I’ll be working at the Washoe County Dete…
There is a difference between ‘religion’ and ‘Christianity’. Here’s the distinction… Religion (ex: Acts 26.5) is all about you and me. It’s about what …
‘Personal Growth’ is a multi-gajillion (give or take a few) dollar industry. We often see the following sentiments blurted out across social media…“I’m…
Peripheral vision is a human thing. You and I tend to focus on the things we like - the things and people we deem worthy of our love.And it’s okay. In …
Last Sunday, I preached a sermon that I thought you might enjoy. I posted the text over on my Common Words blog and you can read it here. I hope this f…
I think that the term ‘sin’ is better put (in our modern context) as ‘separation.’ It is our separation from God, our ground of being. And therefore, i…