The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness--on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2 Fear me--I learned to drive in Chicago. Though I have since turned it down a notch, I can still scare Debbie with my crazy Chicago driving habits, especially if … Continue reading Driving in the Dark
Any word we use for God is just our attempt to make God human, and only God should make God human. "If you're the king, save yourself!" "No, I'd rather save you instead."-Pastor Tim Iseringhausen sermon, Christ Lutheran Church, 24 Nov 2013
We take it for granted that God is "good" (all the time). And by good, we mean loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving, merciful, perhaps just, tender, gentle, graceful, and tame. Predictable. If God is all of these, then God is good. I have a problem with the assumption that we know what is good, and that … Continue reading Is God Good?
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
This afternoon, I pulled up Chicago Tribune: Breaking News, and browsed through the stories. I don't know why I still do this. Most of the time, I'm looking to see if anything has happened in my home neighborhood of Hegewisch, on the Far South Side. What I see every day is tragedy. So many of the stories … Continue reading Violence and the Christian