What Makes a Saint?

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 →

How Do We Know What We Know?

The essay that follows can be downloaded as a PDF with references and footnotes here. Pernik, Bulgaria, November 2003 Ivan[1] glanced up, a mix of affection and annoyance in his eyes. “Az znam che nishto ne znam,” he said. “You know what that means, don’t you?”  I nodded. The only thing I know is that... Continue Reading →

God Invites Our Disappointment: Praying the Psalms

Back in February, I had the chance to chat with my dear friend Gina Colvin on her podcast, A Thoughtful Faith, about the practice of praying the Psalms. I thought I'd share the conversation here for those who are interested. Enjoy! God Invites Our Disappointment: Praying the Psalms (A Thoughtful Faith ep. 281)

How to Pray in Times of Darkness

I have an app that reminds me to pray morning, noon, and night. I love it because it provides both space for my own petitions and written prayers. Growing up Mormon, there was something anathema about writing and reading prayers, but I've discovered that it can be very helpful. Sometimes you don't know what to pray,... Continue Reading →

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