Faithful Families is a thoughtful, practical guide to teaching by doing - to integrating prayer, tradition, Scripture, and ritual into the routines of a normal, busy family. - Rachel Held Evans A few years ago I began a project that I called a 40 Day Sabbath, or A Sabbath Experiment. In this experiment, I… Continue reading Faithful Families
Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and… Continue reading Aftershock: We Follow After
Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them. When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. Be friendly with everyone. Don’t be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. Romans 12:14-16 (CEV) I… Continue reading Sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent
I have always been a reader. I loooove to read. I - dare I say it - love school. Yes, there is even a family story about me jumping on my desk as a child to pronounce this love. Yes, inevitably, I have always been a nerd. This love of reading and learning has been… Continue reading Resource Junkie, Me.
Submission to Modern Metanoia for Ash Wednesday. In the past, when I have read this passage, I have struggled. I struggle with it because there’s a lot of talk about treasure and when I think about treasure, I can’t help but imagine pirates. I’m pretty sure that when Jesus was teaching on this subject, he wasn’t… Continue reading Ash Wednesday – Matthew 6:1-6; 16-21
A New Year offers an opportunity for fresh beginnings and new perspectives. I will begin the year by reflecting on some questions that will support the intentions of who I want to be and also guide me into the life I want to lead. Won't you join me? What will I leave behind with the… Continue reading Questions for a New Year
Sermon for Christ the King Sunday: Nov. 20, 2016 Over the past few weeks we have been unpacking together what it means to be a citizen. We have immersed ourselves in the words of the Beatitudes, considering this upside-down kingdom of God together, hearing that God blesses those who depend only on him, those who… Continue reading Who is Jesus For Us?
Submission to Modern Metanoia for Reign of Christ Sunday: Luke 23:33-43 Last weekend, I sat with a 12 year old boy that desperately wanted to die. In reality, it wasn’t so much that he wanted to die, he just really didn’t think he deserved to live. He actually used those words. It was absolutely heartbreaking to… Continue reading Reign of Christ Sunday
The rain is falling The candle is lit The tea is brewing and I I am here trying to breathe, to be, to bear to put words to the expanse that grows and growls and billows with each breath. But I am here. I am staying right here. This expanse is not a black hole,… Continue reading
I am a youth minister because I love the church. One reason I fell in love with Growing Young from the first page was because it's all about the church. It's all about the intrinsic link of loving the church and loving young people. Not only is this a book with compelling statistics, it is… Continue reading Growing Young Book Review