My new book, “Writing With a View of the Graveyard: Life, Loss, and Unruly Grace” – is now available on Amazon. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response and also with how strange it feels to have this thing I wrote out in the world. It’s exhilarating and scary and great. I’m incredibly grateful for all … More Writing With a View of the Graveyard – the Book!
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It’s too hard to keep up. The stories of horrific, unchecked violence just keep coming. It was in the middle of the afternoon this time. It was a high school this time. It was a 19 year-old former student doing the shooting this time. It was an AR-15 rifle again this time. This time there … More A Time to Grieve – sermon for 2/18/18
Our sense of smell can bring back memories in such powerful ways. I have what was left of my father’s aftershave when he died. I keep it in my dresser and every now and then when I come across it, I’ll open it and close my eyes and sniff – and I’m instantly brought back … More Mary of Bethany (a Lenten sermon on John 12:1-8)
“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar… “I hardly know, Sir, just at present,” Alice replied rather shyly, “at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” – Lewis Carroll “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” The author, William Bridges, tells a … More Changes
The gospel text says that every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. The festival lasted seven days and included special meals and sacrifices as people how God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his … More Jesus, age 12
I’ve been thinking about you, Mary. This time of year I tend to think of you a lot – partly because everywhere in this season of short days and long nights we hear about you in our carols and in our scripture readings. In the Lutheran church we don’t tend to spend as much time … More Mary
Christ still comes – ready or not. Grace to you and peace on this Christmas morning. Advent has come and gone; the candlelight of Christmas Eve is over – and here we are in the broad daylight of Christmas day. To tell you the truth it all snuck up on me. We just moved into … More Christ Still Comes
One of my best friends and his wife are expecting a new baby any day now. So I’ve been having fun doing a little baby-clothes shopping. Holding the soft sleepers and tiny blankets brings back memories of days that weren’t that long ago when my own boys were that small. Most of the lessons of … More A Christmas Day homily
Joanne thought the Grinch was sorely misunderstood. It was freezing cold outside on Christmas Eve and the roads were a mess, full of snow and other last-minute shoppers driving like crazy people. She finally found a parking spot at the mall. “I might as well have parked at home” she muttered as she wound her … More A Christmas Story