One Year, Drew & Ordinary Faithfulness

(Note: A year ago this past weekend (12/14 to be exact), my family commemorated the life of my brother-in-law, Drew, in a memorial service. To say his tragic loss has framed the last year for us is an understatement. We’ve learned much about grief, good news, pain, hope, joy and courage. Below are the thoughts…

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Though ____________ ; yet I will……

(From today’s Daily Office) Habakkuk 3:17-18 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the…

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A Few Thoughts on Ferguson, MO

I do not prefer to write publicly about things that I do not understand. Especially over the internet. (Though I make attempts to write about the unfathomable grace of God, so there’s that). The more emotionally and politically charged, the more I want to avoid commentary. When you write something for a more public reading,…

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On the House Remodel & the Pastoral Ministry

My wife and I bought a house about a year ago. We embarked on this adventure with a lot of plans to refurbish and remodel. It’s been fun. And hard. And expensive. Because of our budget, we’ve done nearly 100% of the work ourselves. We did pay someone to do something with our gas lines,…

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Psalms of Lament

There is a collection of ancient Hebrew poems that express confusion, despair, doubt, fear, anger, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress. The frustration and angst, often, is directed toward God himself. And these poems make the cut. They get put into the Bible. They are the Psalms of Lament. Apparently, the Hebrews believed that we could…

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Here and There

“The joy of God goes through the poverty of the manger and the agony of the cross; that is why it is invincible, irrefutable. It does not deny the anguish, when it is there, but finds God in the midst of it, in fact precisely there.” – Bonhoeffer, Personal Letters He came and he comes….

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An Advent Devotional

(Throughout the season of Advent, I’ll occasionally post a brief devotional thought. This will be cross-posted from an Advent devotional in the college ministry where I serve. For some general thoughts on Advent, read here.) Isaiah 2:1-5 1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 It shall come…

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Theology of the Cross vs. Theology of Glory

Since I was introduced to the concept in seminary (about 5 years ago), I can’t get Luther’s dichotomy out of my head. Luther believed that there was as way of being a theologian and of understanding God that was really about us, our comfort, a stamp of approval on our notions of who God might…

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Lenten Spirituality

(I’m increasingly interested in the church calendar and the rhythms of spirituality that it provides. I’m a novice here! But here’s a little something I wrote on Lent a few weeks ago for purposes in my local church. Lent is certainly a season of “hopeful realism.” We see the reality of who we are, push…

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Advent

(A basic little something I wrote for practical purposes at my church. The season of Advent is quite the season for hopeful realism, by the way.) On Advent Time, how it’s used and its soul-shaping quality, is really important in Christian spirituality. The daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms of our lives are not a…

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