I Post, Therefore I Am

My church's sermon page is currently un-updateable, but my personal archive is working. My sermon/talk from the week of the murders (the Sunday sermon, not the funeral message) is now uploaded here, and called 'untitled'. This week I had several guests who went on the Ecuador trip with me and our service ran long, but… Continue reading I Post, Therefore I Am

I’m quoted!

A friend and fellow feminist (who would never mess around with gender pronouns) quoted my funeral homily in one of her sermons. The original sermon (not the memorial service homily thing) is back in my possession as my webmaster is having technical difficulties (as in a power outage fried his computer's guts). As soon as… Continue reading I’m quoted!

The Importance of Theology

Every so often, people wonder (sometimes aloud, and sometimes even to my face) about the necessity of all those years of schooling. Did I really need to study philosophy and religion for four years in undergraduate and three years in graduate school, or was that a waste? they ask. Doesn't God just speak to the… Continue reading The Importance of Theology

Actual Email from a Congregant

Following Sunday's difficult service, I had this email in my inbox tonight. I will pull this out whenever I feel like I've made no difference whatsoever. The author is a young man with a wife and adopted son, who has been attending our church off an on for a few months. (names have been removed)… Continue reading Actual Email from a Congregant

The Hardest Day of My Ministry to Date

And also, probably (because of that), my best. This morning was supposed to be back-to-sunday school day, a time to focus on kids and sing "Jesus Loves Me" and talk about how Jesus wanted the little children to come to him. And we did that. For about fifteen minutes. And then the kids left the… Continue reading The Hardest Day of My Ministry to Date