She Is The Pastor

In the coming weeks I will be participating in a community that is reading together this book: She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry   by Karoline M Lewis. It can be found here and in other places, too, but I love my local bookstore so you should buy from them. Anyhow, I’ve…

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Unexpected Heroes

Lent 4 A    1 Samuel 16:1-13 Recently, people all across the country have been fascinated by pieces of paper with complex systems of lines on them like some sort of strange tree’s root system. Many have shouted at televisions, hung their heads in despair, or pumped their fists in the air with triumph. It is…

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Lady Bishop

Originally, I had planned to post something about the recent election of the first woman as Bishop of the ELCA. I don’t know much about her, but I do know that I never thought I would see a woman elected as presiding bishop. Based on the number of times I’ve been rejected or told I…

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Burnout

Have you ever thought about the difference between being burned out and being stressed? I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine and we were discussing that the underlying feeling seems to be different for burnout. “Stressed” can result from positive or negative things and can compound over time. It seems like everyone experiences stress…

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Ray Bradbury Writing Sermons

One of the very best things about my call (job, position, vocation, whatever you wish to label it–though call is most appropriate) is that I get to read and write a lot. That’s a pretty good thing since I love both of those things. While on internship in seminary I remember calling a classmate of mine…

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End of the Summer Internship

Sunday was the last day for our Project Connect Summer Intern. How has it been being a mini internship supervisor? (that is to say ‘mini’ internship not ‘mini’ supervisor) Well, she didn’t run screaming from the church at any point and I’m assuming that is a good thing. Will she become a pastor? Who knows?…

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DMin

Since before I even graduated from seminary, I have been pondering the possibility of getting a DMin.  What is a DMin you say? Excellent question! A DMin is guitar chord. Also, a DMin is a Doctor of Ministry. I’m actually talking about the later. A DMin is a terminal degree (not that you are terminated after you acquire it…. but that…

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