Giving Thanks in the Land

The OT lesson for Thanksgiving Day this year is from Deuteronomy 26: 1-11. Before you write this off as another boring, dusty, irrelevant text, take a brief moment to read it here. In a season where my tradition has alienated almost everyone, I am especially reminded of the biblical mandate for welcoming, caring for, and loving…

Space for Special Needs

I’ve had an awesome opportunity to chat with some close friends who each have children with special needs. They were kind enough to listen to my ignorant questions and gracious enough to help me understand some of the real struggles that they face each day. They also shared joyful stories of how they have been blessed…

Woe to the Shepherds

The Old Testament lesson from the lectionary this week is from Jeremiah 23:1-6. In the first two verses, God gives a stern "Woe" to Judah's leaders, accusing them of driving God's flock away. The former shepherds in question are the kings of Judah who have failed to protect the flock. In the previous chapters, Jeremiah…

If I’m Being Honest…

I have been doing a lot of thinking about why the election has upset me so much. Through a lot of introspection, I have devised a list of things that are not the cause. The evangelical vote doesn't upset me. The difference between the popular vote and the electoral college doesn't upset me. The partisan rhetoric before,…

Putting God in Our Hands

Rachel Held Evans was a joy to listen to last Friday evening. She read several excerpts from her book, Searching For Sunday, and spoke specifically on what she likes to call "keeping the Church weird." She gives this message in response to the common question, "Why are millennials leaving the church?" She smartly recognizes that our generation…