September Q&AHey All, Since I’m in Q&A mode, I wanted to offer this community thread to anyone who didn’t get a chance to submit their questions or comments …
And the current implosion of the neo-evangelical megachurch
Ready for another seasonal Q&A??!! I can’t believe summer is almost over! We gotta hurry! Enter your Q’s right here… Also, in the video, you’ll see the…
What if I can’t find faith? he asked the pastor Well… the pastor replied. Here, take it. Stop ruminating about it. Does no good to try to mentally coax…
Part of my formation as a pastor has to do with looking the part. Unfortunately (fortunately?), in my Lutheran faith tradition, that doesn’t mean weath…
A Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
I wrote this a couple of weeks ago on my last day of summer hospital chaplaincy but have taken some time to clean it up. Here you have it - enjoy! — We…
A new name and a new season
I pulled the quote below from one of my Lutheran theological heroes, Gerhard Forde. There’s a lot of background context, so excuse the shortness of it.…
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…