ministry, Scripture, spiritual, stories, theological

Imagination: A Sermon

A sermon offered in preaching class... “I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may… Continue reading Imagination: A Sermon

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mental health & wellness, spiritual, stories

Heartbeat: A Travel Blog

I am very decidedly a "city person." So much so that, during seminary orientation last year, when some new friends invited me to "go exploring" with them I assumed they meant exploring downtown. Lo and behold, they meant exploring a state park. So off I went hiking. For the past 4 days, I hit the… Continue reading Heartbeat: A Travel Blog

mental health & wellness, Scripture, theological

Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

"Deceived, tied up, and held at knife-point -- all by his own father? Because God said so? Talk about traumatic!" an older lady exclaimed. I was sitting in a lectionary Bible study this morning, discussing the story of the binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) as many lectionary users may have done today. And let's just… Continue reading Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

arts & creativity, church, Scripture, spiritual

Door of Hope: A Photo Essay

From last week's lectionary readings: "Therefore, I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. From there I will give her her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor* a door of hope. There she shall respond as in the days of her youth, as at the time… Continue reading Door of Hope: A Photo Essay

emerging adulthood, spiritual

First Quarter Faith

Something unexpected happened today. I was deeply inspired...wait for it...by a football analogy Today at work some colleagues and I watched a video clip of a sermon called "Last Minute God." My colleagues, all at least 10-20 years older than myself, then described seasons of their lives when God had seemingly shown up at the… Continue reading First Quarter Faith