What a Week

(My weekly church blogpost shared here, as our church website is in transition) Remind me not to take vacation during the last week in June ever again. I remember watching the Phil Donahue Show one summer in late June as a kid, shortly after school let out (I was a really fun kid. Really.). They wereContinue reading “What a Week”

Right to Religious Freedom? Yes. Right to run a business according to your faith? Not necessarily.

Our nation’s commitment to the free exercise of religion is unwavering. Religious organizations are tax-exempt, and gifts to religious organizations are tax deductible, lest the tax code be seen as a burden to the free exercise of religion. Americans are free to assemble with people of like faith and to practice their faith in community without fearContinue reading “Right to Religious Freedom? Yes. Right to run a business according to your faith? Not necessarily.”

What’s Wrong With Us? We Have Hope.

Star Wars Rebels is a wonderful animated television series bridging the gap between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (where Anakin Skywalker completes his transformation into the evil Darth Vader), and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (where Luke Skywalker rises up as a Jedi and leader of the Rebellion against theContinue reading “What’s Wrong With Us? We Have Hope.”

God Sharing Your Underwear Drawer

A Christmas Day sermon preached in 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, MN. The reading for the day was John 1:1-14. Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. In this sacred season we celebrate God’s presence among us, and we become particularlyContinue reading “God Sharing Your Underwear Drawer”

“Still”

“There are still problems (with racism and inequality) and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up.” – President Obama, November 24, 2014 One of the most important words President Obama spoke on Monday night was the word “still.” “There are still problems,” he said. Still. The Civil Rights era might have seen theContinue reading ““Still””