” he may be a white man, but he sure does have a black heart” Read More
in the empty streets, and in the empty tomb, we find a promise: that love will be unfurled on the world. Read More
“Who acts like a neighbor to Spencer?… the one who shows him mercy…” Read More
my boots are covered in the ashes of bridges burned and the dust of roads less traveled. wisdom calls to me from sacred pages with the reminder to dust off worn out thoughts and tired feet that have traveled too far on scorched earth. and having shaken the ashes from some misguided sentiment or strange… Read More
“A faith that is pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their times of distress” Read More
“It is hard to stay in tension – even good tension. But it may just be that the interplay between faith and works, grace and law, covenant and gospel is what keeps our faith active.” Read More
What is My Plan? At the turn of the millennium, January 2000, a friend posted this question to the online community: citing that W.E.B. Dubois identified race as the defining problem of the twentieth century, my friend asked “What is your plan to counter this problem for the next millennium?” In response to this question,… Read More
Back in January 2020, I preached a whole sermon series on “What We Got Wrong”… specifially talking about scriptures that have been misinterpreted down through the ages. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, none of the sermons got recorded. But the week that we discussed “what we got wrong” about DOMINATION was one of my most… Read More
This week (last full week of July) is always the time that I travel to Storm Lake, Iowa to be a part of this magical, wonderful camp called SYNOD SCHOOL. My soul is fed by talking theology and doing art with some of the most amazing people I know who gather at this place every… Read More
Creation instead of consumption. This is what we will consider next in our sermon series exploring God’s economy, and how we can build a Kingdom Economy through this great awakening that is happening during these pandemic times. Listen to the sermon here: An Economy of CREATION
Continuing in the sermon series where we consider God’s Economy and how that might be different that the economy we have moved away from during these pandemic times, this is part 5 in the series where we consider the idea of JUSTICE. What might a new economy based on justice instead of retribution look like?… Read More
Imagine if you will, America as a woman, wife in barren pose. Within her there grows, a future. Two nations in one womb. Brothers divided. Birthed together in conflict. The stronger pulled back by the younger’s jealousy. Esau made for the labor of the field, Jacob for the quiet tents. Brute strength plotted against a… Read More
Today’s sermon is part 4 of our series KINGDOM ECONOMICS. We are examining the idea of abundance in the face of scarcity. The scripture is from 2 Corinthians 8 & 9. You can listen to the sermon here: As part of the sermon, I talk about a video that illustrates “abundance.” You can watch that… Read More
Continuing in the series on the KINGDOM ECONOMY, this week we look at the Economy of LOVE. How do we live from a place of love, instead of a place of fear? You can watch the sermon here:
I cloak my son in whiteness create the shield whenever I can equating… mistaking… invisible with invincible somehow believing I can save him from history disguised as destiny. I cloak my son in whiteness it seems the only means I have for safeguarding his protection one more year, or month, or hour until that moment… Read More
As we move through this pandemic and consider what we have done during “The Grand Pause” and I considered what we could so differently as we think about reopening the economy. This next sermon series will be exploring the idea of Kingdom economics … how we can transform our world by following the practices of… Read More
“blessed are those who mourn” Read More
“nothing else matters” Read More
Our city, our nation, our world is hurting today. If you are in need of a healing message, please consider listening. Send love to everyone.
When I was training to become a Zumba teacher (yes, I was once an aerobics instructor, don’t laugh) the trainer gave the class advice that has translated into many parts of my life. She said this: “Know, ,that you will need to teach a new routine for 8-10 weeks. That people are not quick learner,… Read More
“It’s becoming uncomfortable.” Read More
Watching the news of the murder video that shows the Minneapolis police’s killing of George Floyd, I am heartbroken once again, and somehow not surprised. As I have spent another day grieving the death of another unarmed black man, I was reminded of a story from my own life, one that I feel moved to… Read More
Episode 15 is the push to the finale and it does not disappoint! Amid the drama, everyone seems to be dropping wise words to consider. Here is the link to the discussion starter: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DpD7DxVj6SySS0U69i_qCKcnUH4_7jM3/view?usp=sharing Enjoy! One more episode to go. Let me know your thoughts about which show I should do next!
Episode 14 discussion guide is here! The plot twists and cliff hangers are getting really good as we get closer to the season finale. Download the one page discussion starter here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13ai2NcHD5mixa4cqUk5u0vvqJhqZCJTS/view?usp=sharing Enjoy!