Gospel Slam 2013

I wrote and performed this piece as part of Trinity Lutheran Seminary's Second Annual Summer Seminary Sampler Gospel Slam. Gospel Slam is based on poetry slams. TLS set the model for doing poetry slams in partnership with the Academy of Preachers, an ecumenical organization that lifts up and encourages young preachers. Each performance this year … Continue reading Gospel Slam 2013

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How to be a Liberal, Confessional Christian (and Lutheran)

1. Remember the centrality of the Word of God. This should go without saying, but if you don't remember this fundamental fact about Christianity, there's not much point in continuing, is there? And what is the Word of God? Fundamentally, it is not the Bible--it is the on about whom it was written. The core belief of … Continue reading How to be a Liberal, Confessional Christian (and Lutheran)

In Defense of Doing the Right Thing

... even when the church is wrong. Earlier this month, the news broke that the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus broke fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Church of Sweden. The EECMY came to this decision after carefully deliberating the ELCA's and the CoS's decisions to accept same-sex partnered clergy onto their rosters. My first … Continue reading In Defense of Doing the Right Thing

50th Anniversary of Vatican II

Yesterday was the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church. Opened by Pope John XXIII in 1962 and closed in 1965 by Pope Paul VI, it marked arguably the most significant movement in the Roman Catholic Church in the 20th century. As a Protestant, Vatican II has … Continue reading 50th Anniversary of Vatican II

These Are a Few of My Favorite (and No-So-Favorite) Things: Trinity Lutheran and Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminaries

Favorite Things Morning Prayer (Anglican) at 7:30 AM Monday-Wednesday Morning Prayer (Lutheran) at 10:00 AM Monday Eucharist (Anglican) at 5:30 PM Tuesday Eucharist (Lutheran) at 10:00 AM Wednesday Eucharist (Anglican) at 7:30 am Thursday Eucharist (Lutheran) at Whenever at Anywhere-I-Want-To-Go Sunday Chipotle just a short walk down the street: you have no idea how much I … Continue reading These Are a Few of My Favorite (and No-So-Favorite) Things: Trinity Lutheran and Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminaries