Isaiah 7:10-17 10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the... Continue Reading →
I preached this sermon at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church on November 3, 2019 for All Saints' Day. "What Makes a Saint?" Luke 18:9-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to... Continue Reading →
I had the chance to share my story of faith during a lunchtime series called Why Jesus at Luther Seminary this past week. In it, I share about my struggles with trauma, OCD, and coming to believe that God is full of grace. The video and audio are below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZLA8_uOsTo Audio is here.
This piece was originally published in the Fall 2018 issue of Lutheran Forum, an independent Lutheran journal. See the piece on their website or download a PDF. Also included is the baptismal sermon by my friend and professor at Luther Seminary, Kathryn Schifferdecker, who baptized me. It describes my discernment process and the theological considerations that... Continue Reading →
This is a sermon I preached on Genesis 3:8-21 at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on June 10, 2018. The text follows the audio, below. Can we all just admit? This is a weird story. A frustrating story. A confusing story. And that makes it a very human story. And I’m not going to... Continue Reading →
On March 30, 2018, I spoke at the March to Protect the Children in downtown Salt Lake City. The march, which was organized in opposition to the Mormon church's practice of sexually explicit "worthiness interviews" with minors, attracted around 1000 protestors. We started at the courthouse and marched several blocks to the church office building,... Continue Reading →
This is a sermon I preached at House of Mercy in St. Paul on May 7, 2017. The text of the sermon follows the audio below. “’Last forever!' Who hasn't prayed that prayer? You were lucky to get it in the first place. The present is a freely given canvas. That it is constantly being... Continue Reading →