A Reading from Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages,… Read More

This was my Senior Chapel Sermon at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago preached on Monday March 14, 2016.  The Scripture reading was “The Anointing at Bethany” found in the Gospel of John 12:1-8.  This sermon is really special to me because I was able to blend both my time studying at LSTC and at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. It blends my love for the Gospel of John… Read More

The word Subvert has surrounded me since the week I moved to Chicago. I was walking to the Red Line station and noticed that along the sidewalk that lined Roosevelt Road were paving stones engraved with single words. Words like Study, Publish, and Dance, but only one made me stop dead in my tracks. Just before the station entrance was the word Subvert. An act of subversion pushes back against the status… Read More

I preached this sermon during the 11am Traditional Service at First Lutheran Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The two readings for the service were Genesis 1:26-31 and Luke 10:38-42 both taken from the NRSV translation.  You can listen to the gospel reading and the sermon above and, if you desire, follow along with my manuscript below. Enjoy. Happy New Year! Now that 2015 has come to a close and we have welcomed in… Read More

“When the rain comes it seems that everyone hasgone awayWhen the night falls you wonder if you shouldn’tfind someplaceTo run and hideEscape the painBut hiding’s such a lonely thing to do” Rain.  It cleanses. It Destroys. It can either be refreshing to walk through, or else make a long walk seem longer.  It’s been raining here in Chicago for a few days.  Tonight the rain outside mirrors the rain in my heart… Read More

[Reflection written on 10/18/2015] I saw this inscription on my way to take the Red Line back to my apartment after visiting Shedd Aquarium in the South Loop with my roommate Remy.  I originally took this picture just because it matched my blog title.  What I didn’t realize is how much this word is shaping not only my ministry but my personality.  Merriam-Webster defines “subvert” as 1) to secretly try to ruin or… Read More

Now that things are a little more settled with move-in I’m dividing my time between unpacking and working on my Endorsement Essay, for the second phase of the ordination process in the ELCA.  As I began reading through the preparation materials I found myself reflecting on where it is that I fit in years and years of history of the church as a perspective rostered leader.  Throughout my time working toward my… Read More

Here is the video from the Sermon I preached at First Lutheran Church in Greensboro this morning. The Gospel reading was John 6:1-13 and taken from the NRSV translation. Peace