Broady Grund +1

On Wednesday, we went to the doctor and she pulled the handheld doppler monitor from her pocket. I held my breath for the few seconds of pressing on my abdomen it took of her to find it. Ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump. "160 beats a minute" she pronounced, smiling. I let out my breath, the one I've been holding... Continue Reading →

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Racism over Mac & Cheese

"Ollie, I want to talk to you about something important." I said, and his eyes got wide as he shoveled a huge spoonful of macaroni and cheese into his mouth. "Did you hear what Marrett and I were talking about this morning at breakfast? About people getting killed?" He nodded, and I took a deep... Continue Reading →

Do You See This Woman?

A sermon about David, Bathsheba, Brock Turner, a nameless woman and Jesus There are some weeks where the lectionary speaks so clearly to the events we read in the news that’s impossible to ignore, even when it would be easier to do so. So on a week when Brock Turner and his dad have been... Continue Reading →

Greater than 6

Something from the past rose up to bite my family this week, something ugly and destructive, something we thought had long been atoned for. I can't say more about it right now for a lot of reasons, but suffice it to say that when I gave my children's sermon on the seven-headed, ten-horned beast of... Continue Reading →

The Eschatology of Grief

I’ve been holding this journal entry from over 3 years ago, knowing that someday I would want to share it and say more. February 22, 2013 Already and not yet, the phrase I first learned to describe the Christian proclamation of Christ’s reign, the phrase I’ve preached in one sermon after another since, turns out... Continue Reading →

Chaos Ascending

I was the kid in high school who carried a color-coded day planner. I delight in a neatly stacked linen closet. I try to buy my clementines in the wooden boxes that make such attractive bathroom shelf organizers. I love order. And I need it, to feel calm and centered and ready for each day.... Continue Reading →

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