An Un-pastoral Message: Response to “Trustworthy Servants of the People of God”

On 6 March 2019 the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released a pastoral message addressed to the church concerning Vision and Expectations, a document first passed as policy in 1990 that has been under increasing scrutiny because of its misuse. Vision and Expectations (version for pastors, version for deacons), it … Continue reading An Un-pastoral Message: Response to “Trustworthy Servants of the People of God”

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A Confession for 2019

Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Merciful God, I confess that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done and by what I have left undone. I have allowed the criticisms of others to define my actions and stopped … Continue reading A Confession for 2019

Heroes

I always think of my father, uncles, and grandfather on this day. But I don't have the luxury of forgetting once this day is over.

A Pastor with Depression

The stigma around mental illness in the church, even in progressive churches, is crushing.

Where Are You?

Where are you in the story of Christ's Passion?