The Sign: An Advent Reflection

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 →

What is grace?

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 →

A Different Kind of Hope

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 →

On Lament and the Cross

In the Mormon tradition of my youth, being a faithful person was supposed to bring happiness—no matter what was going on. To be a believer meant that you possessed a special knowledge of God’s plan of happiness that other people weren’t fortunate enough to understand. The best way to share your knowledge was to develop... Continue Reading →

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