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
Be the Best Neighbors Churches that grow young recognize the careful dance that values both fidelity to Scripture's commands for holiness and knowing and graciously loving their neighbors... Much more than developing detailed policies or releasing theological position papers, these churches train and infuse their young people with an integrated discipleship that enables them to… Continue reading Growing Young, Chapter 7 Reflection
Have you ever tried to make a mud pie without water? Now, I'm not talking about that decadent dessert served with knife and fork. I'm talking ooey gooey mud pie shared from one hand to another, slapped together with a satisfying smack, adorned with rocks and sticks and stones, and left with a quiet shake… Continue reading Into the Muck
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to take a group of youth and adults to Detroit for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering. Below are some reflections that were recently shared with our congregation. I know that we will continue to process and connect the things we have learned and experienced with wherever we… Continue reading Burdens, Bridges, Chains, and Hope
The struggle of being too much and not enough. Too much because all my life I've seen you shrink back from my fire and freedom. Not enough because my heart has taken a long time knowing that the good in me is the good of God and that is always more than enough. I am Wisdom… Continue reading I Am, I Was
My reflections after participating in the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women, 2015.
I was around 25 years old when I claimed Feminist as part of my personal identity. It took me that long to realize that’s what it was, even though my whole life had already been thriving due to those principles. It took a man to help me realize this and claim this identity; although, it was women who had been laying down the path for me up until that point. It took all of them to help me reach that place where I could realize that being a feminist, owning that label, was crucial to my identity and crucial to being a part of the change I wished to see in the world.
I remember the day I finally set my mind to it. That morning, I had met with my male advisor, and after some talking he asked if I considered myself a feminist. I said no for all…
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John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and… Continue reading Closed Doors