Book Review: Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber

In her latest book, Nadia Bolz-Weber, opens up a topic that many in the church attempt to stay clear from. While the entire basis of our life on earth is contingent upon our ability to have sex, it has often times been a taboo subject within the church. Many times the church has went to… Continue reading Book Review: Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Review: Your God is Too Glorious by Chad Bird

With thanks to Englewood Review of Books for the opportunity to review this title Does the notion of God being too glorious make you shudder? Surely, it is not possible for God to be too glorious. It is God that has created the world and every breathing plant, animal, and creature that resides on it.… Continue reading Review: Your God is Too Glorious by Chad Bird

Welcome to Your Deserted Place!

In February of 2005 I went off to a deserted place. It was a locale that many people would have dreamed about going to and wished that someday they may be able to make the trip. However, for me it was a deserted place because those that I loved and cared for were not with… Continue reading Welcome to Your Deserted Place!

Shepherding God’s Creation

April 22, 2018, Earth Day John 10:11-18 These are the sounds that you would hear out in the field if you were watching over the flocks. The bleating of sheep. Possibly the sound of bells. The birds chirping. All the sounds of a glorious creation that has been given to us by a loving God.… Continue reading Shepherding God’s Creation

God’s Promise of Forgiveness

March 18, 2018 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Every Master of Divinity student in the ELCA is required to take CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). Usually this occurs after your first year of seminary. During CPE you become a chaplain, usually in a hospital setting, and care for patients as they encounter various health related issues. I had the… Continue reading God’s Promise of Forgiveness

God’s Promise of Healing

Numbers 21:4-9 These past few weeks we have heard the Word of God spoken to the people of Israel through covenants that abound with hope. We have encountered God in the remnants of  the flood and the promise of commitment that has been made with Noah and his family. In Abraham and Sarah there is a promise of… Continue reading God’s Promise of Healing

A Review: Wounds Are Where Light Enters by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Thanks to Englewood Review of Books for the advance copy and publishing this review. Walter Wangerin Jr. has become one of the quintessential story tellers of this day and age. His stories break through the mundane and add a personal touch to everything that he shares. Whether his stories are based upon scripture or from his… Continue reading A Review: Wounds Are Where Light Enters by Walter Wangerin, Jr.