• Growing in Faith
  • #Homiletics2018 Day 3 – Looking Inward

    Wednesday was a day of more inward focus for me at Metropolitan AME. The sermons and lectures I heard were no less focused on justice, nor did they neglect the people we serve. But each speaker moved me to consider my own holistic ministry practice in a meaningful way. Sadly, I missed what I heard […]

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  • #Homiletics2018 – Days 1 and 2, a recap

    It is already halfway through the week at the 2018 Festival of Homiletics, and I can barely catch my breath! It’s one thing to lay out your color-coded calendar and see ten worship services and nearly as many lectures in five days–and that’s just in one location!–but being in the midst of such fire and […]

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  • Providence

    Providence: The Christian understanding of God’s continuing action by which all creation is preserved, supported, and governed according to God’s plans and purposes for human history and human lives.  For the past eight months, I have done more thinking about my call to ministry than I did in the two years that led me tof […]

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  • Madame President

    When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a lot of different things: a doctor, a lawyer, a ballerina, a singer, and on my days off, a worker at McDonald’s. Clearly I also harbored a secret desire to be a Time Lord, since I imagined I could do all of these things at once. Throughout […]

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  • I’m certain of uncertainty

    Brian has a drawer in his dresser full of t-shirts that he’s either had since before I met him in 2004, or that I bought for him early in our relationship. Many of the shirts are wearing thin; many have holes forming in the reinforced collars because of age, wear, and that time he lived in a […]

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  • Cleansing the Temple

    My goal this Holy Week is to look at my faith and the church’s engagement in the world through the lens of Jesus’ time in Jerusalem. Today, I’m thinking about the typical sermon one hears on Palm Sunday – Jesus enters the gates of Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, with children waving palm […]

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  • Transitus

    palm sunday death resurrection

    Palm Sunday is the beginning of the end of Jesus’ active ministry on earth. His arrival in Jerusalem, foretold in the millennia before he took human form, sets into motion all of the events of Holy Week. This post is based on a sermon I delivered at Shoregate UMC this morning as part of the […]

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  • A Love Letter to the Neighborhood

    Well, it’s time for me to step into the confessional. Arthur…enjoys screen time. Now that you’ve recovered and I’ve passed off my World’s Best Mom mug, time for confession #2: I. Love. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. For the uninitiated, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a PBS show based in Mr. Roger’s Land of Make-Believe and centered around a new […]

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  • I believe we haven’t met…

    Last night, I had a Facebook exchange that unfortunately turned out like so many such conversations do when “discussing” current events. In light of that thread, I decided it’s probably time to reintroduce myself so everybody here knows what I’m about. I believe that Jesus Christ, wholly God and wholly man, came to Earth to […]

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  • Shaving away my vanity

    This was going to be a video, but alas I feel viral plague coming and I have to have a voice to preach tomorrow. So… Shave day is tomorrow, so it’s time for my last childhood cancer fact and bald benefit. Fact: Late effects, or physical and emotional problems related to cancers and their treatment, […]