A sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22 Sometimes, as a preacher, there are moments when the biblical text preaches to you in ways much that are infinitely more powerful than anything you could think to say. That was the case this week, when I read this passage in Ephesians. The more I sat with it, the more... 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 →
Today, as I attended Mormon services with my family, an older woman approached me and asked me, "What is grace?" She shared she'd been struggling lately. We had a short conversation, but I wish I'd had the wherewithal to tell her: Grace is bedrock of what is truly real. Grace is the assurance of God's... 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 →
I wrote this reflection for the December edition of the Luther Seminary newsletter. With a few changes, I thought I’d share it here. It’s been a season of waiting, watching, hoping. And then, in just a few days, the Christ Child will come. There will be feasts and gifts, trumpets and cymbals, visits and noise.... Continue Reading →
This piece about my conversion to Christianity was initially published in Lutheran Forum, an independent Lutheran journal, in Fall 2017. I was born in Logan, Utah, in 1981, the oldest of five in a devout Mormon family. My childhood took place during a turbulent time in a Mormon history. Progressives were being silenced and excommunicated.... Continue Reading →
In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul expresses a belief that Christ’s Second Coming is radically imminent—so imminent, in fact, that he fully expects to be among the living when Jesus returns. “Then we who are alive, who are left,” he says in verse 16, “will be caught up in the clouds together with [the risen dead]... Continue Reading →