• Growing in Faith
  • 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 […]

  • Growing in Faith
  • 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 […]

  • Growing in Faith
  • 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 […]

  • Growing in Faith
  • 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 […]

  • Growing in Faith
  • Exploring Pastoral Ministry

    I never thought that ministry would be right for me. But in the wisdom of Clay Aiken (and others, don’t judge): If you want to make God laugh, then all you gotta do is tell him your plans… I have spent the last several years trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing […]

  • Family
  • Arthur’s 1st Birthday, and remembering.


    I am overwhelmed with profound thoughts and emotions, and strangely enough find myself without the words to express them. My little boy’s first birthday is today – he’s officially crossed over from “baby” to “toddler” even though in my eyes and heart he will just always be my precious love. He’s 10 inches longer than he was […]