church, ministry, Scripture, spiritual

Pentecost on the Psych Ward

A couple weeks ago, I started working as a chaplain intern in a psychiatric hospital. My Sundays suddenly look like worship in a hospital cafeteria, where 50-60 patients shuffle in and together form a shifting blend of prayers, songs, tears, laughs, and shouts, slightly different from moment to moment and week to week. There's an… Continue reading Pentecost on the Psych Ward

cultural issues, mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, stories, theological

Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon

A sermon offered in Preaching class last week... “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit… Continue reading Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon

church, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, theological

In The Name Of The Holy Spirit?

In John 14, when Jesus describes the Holy Spirit to his disciples, the Spirit is described as an advocate, helper, comforter, or counselor (depending on which translation you use). That's the truth, the alpha and omega of the Holy Spirit's character, and where I'll begin and end this blog post. But here's another, harder truth:… Continue reading In The Name Of The Holy Spirit?