in the end, I don’t matter…

Those of you who know my story know that I grew up with a Lutheran, that is Missouri Synod Lutheran, identity. Part of that is because of the Lutheran day school attached to the congregation of my youth. Six days a week were spent in its walls, unless I was playing sick, which happened a…

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stop fighting for my freedom

It seems as though every day something else finds its way into my news feed regarding religious freedom. It could be the freedom to live and breathe in the face of militant fanatics obscuring for the public the tenents of their belief system. It could be the freedom to deny services or goods to people…

happy birthday mr. presdient…

Dates and places seem to be important markers for things. My birthday, the day I was baptized, my first comminion, my confirmation, the day I graduated high school, college, seminary, or the day I got married, ordained, installed. All of those dates bear varying amounts of significance in my life. For the most part though,…

frank and fraternal…

I have a habit of not just reading one book at a time. Currently I am shuffling between three books, which is fairly average for me. Sometimes I find value in just plowing through one of them, but, more often than not, I find reading multiple books helps me think. There is something about putting…

not resolved by power…

One of the wonderful things I get to do by virtue of my day off is spend time at a coffee shop near where my wife works. I hang out there for a variety of reasons: the people, the coffee, the opportunity to read in silence if I so choose. It is also a place…

the more things change, the more they stay the same…

The internet is a wonderful thing, at least, it can be. How else would I know that the title of this post was originally uttered by French critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr? Well, I wouldn't. Now that graduation has passed, my ordination has taken place, and I am now only a day or two away from…

looking back to Lent…

It is a little hard to believe that it has been months since I last blogged. It had become for me a release, a way to sort things out. But, while on internship, blogging took a back seat to real life. And even though my internship ended in November I haven't found the desire to…

sunny Sante Fe would be nice…

Recently, thanks in large part to my dalliance with a rip current, I have taken some time to think about my place in life. And, wouldn't you know it, in all that pondering  I felt the urge to once again put fingers to keys and open up about it. Life has certainly been busy, but…

what do I stand for?

It has been too long. February and March came and went and here I sit, a third of the way through April and I haven't taken the time to post. Ah well, such is life I guess. My internship keeps me busy, and I am loving every minute of it. The people who I am…

into an uncomfortable place

Lent is upon us. For a long time I never really felt good about Lent, not that you are supposed to or anything. But growing up I never quite understood the whole idea of giving something up. It isn't that I thought it was somehow too Roman Catholic of a practice to take up, I…