On Mother’s Day in 2017 I found myself hesitant to go upstairs for worship after teaching Sunday school at my internship congregation. I was in a pretty rough place. My mom had died after a long battle with cancer 8 months prior and this particular “first” without her was hitting particularly hard. Even knowing that my grandmother had flown up for a visit wasn’t motivating enough for me to want to paste… Read More

Have you ever been in a parade? I’d never intended to be, but one year when I was in high school I was drafted to walk in Greensboro’s Fourth of July parade when my sister’s middle school cheerleading squad needed extra people to carry a banner while they performed. Even though I wasn’t part of the team the excitement was infectious, the cheers from those gathered on the streets of downtown were… Read More

Stop. Caution. One Way. No Parking. Dead End. Children at Play. “Trust in God but Wash Your Hands”.  “All Services and Events Canceled Until 3/31/2020”. Signs are all around us, everywhere we go. They give us information about what lies beyond, what we should do, what we shouldn’t do. Regardless of what a sign physically says it always points to something beyond itself.  The healing miracle in our Gospel reading this morning… Read More

Lent is an interesting time to start a first call. For the past couple weeks I’ve been struggling to clear my mind of Lent’s seemingly endless to do list and the stress, fueled by my own unrealistic expectations for myself, was starting to pile up. I did not feel like I was managing my time effectively, and beating myself up about it was not making anything better. This week, with some encouragement,… Read More

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:20-31 (NRSV) 20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor,     for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now,     for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now,     for you will laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man…. Read More

I had the opportunity to co-preach with my friend and colleague Josh Evans this past weekend. We preached at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago at both their South Loop and Lakeview locations. The text for this sermon is Luke 7:1-10. (The video for this sermon is currently only available in SD. I hope to switch it out for HD later in the week.) Everyone feels like an outsider at one point… Read More