Genesis 45 Let’s catch up. We’re here at the end of the Joseph story. Joseph, the beloved, chosen son of Rachel and Jacob, is sold to Midianites as a slave by his seething, jealous brothers. The brothers report to their devastated father that Jacob has been killed by a wild animal. They show him a … Continue reading There is only us.
Genesis 28 Last week I came early to set up our worship space. It was quiet, completely still in this empty room. But in those early moments it became a place, our place, setting the table for you and for God. Setting up and taking down are two of the rituals I love about this … Continue reading Holy space, holy place
Imagine what it must have been like, your mother whispering those words over your crib, your body curled next to that of your twin brother. Imagine what it must have been like, hearing the women talking, you and him, walking along. “The elder will serve the younger.” “One boy will be stronger than the other.” … Continue reading Esau and Jacob – Genesis 25
I'm grateful for space to write about about multiple women's experiences in pastoral ministry and the persistence of sexism in the church. To fit the guidelines, I needed to cut this piece down by half. Below is the full version for those interested: Last week a male colleague explained my sermon to me. I’m … Continue reading 10+ Commandments (uncut)
Raleigh Mennonite Church Romans 5 When I was in high school, an enthusiastic speaker invited my youth group to smash all of our non-Christian music CDs. In retrospect, the thought of this was so odd and outrageous that I went back to check in with a friend from my high school to see if I … Continue reading While we were still sinner
Trinity Sunday Raleigh Mennonite Church Talking about the Trinity is an opportunity to be wrong. As soon as you start trying to explain how God is one thing and three persons at the same time, you’re doomed. We try to get our minds around it, try to find the right metaphor, an apple or a … Continue reading Trinity Sunday
Luke 1:39-57 You probably know some of Roald Dahl’s work, books like James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’ve read the complete set with Tennyson over the past couple years. But the last book I read, the final books we read, was Boy, Roald Dahl’s autobiography. It was in this … Continue reading Ascension 2017