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
Raleigh Mennonite Church John 14 “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.” What could it mean, they wondered? How can the world no longer see Jesus but we will? How can we see Jesus and others will not? There’s a lot of head-scratching in the New … Continue reading But you will see me
This story of the first martyr of the church holds a firm footing in the Christian imagination. There are hundreds of icons and paintings and frescos devoted the memory of Stephen. And while his memory looms large, how much do we know about Stephen, his life and his ministry before death? If we look back … Continue reading A little bread, a little mercy
Are you ever skeptical about happy endings? Do you ever watch movies where the lights dim on the heroine riding off into the sunset, her hair blowing in the wind, and you think, “give me a break”? Today we’re in chapter two of Acts. This is the church in the afterglow of Pentecost, when God … Continue reading What produces the greatest love?