John 6:51-58: Understanding the Text

John 6 is a dense chapter with lots of little episodes.  The chapter starts with Jesus feeding a crowd of 5000 men, (plus likely an equal number of women and additional children), with… Continue reading

John 6:51-58 The Hunger Games; Hope; and Bread

This is the introduction to a sermon that I preached this morning at Park Avenue UMC in Minneapolis.  It is a little long to post as one blog post, so I’m breaking it… Continue reading

Creativity Tuesday – Lazy Edition

So having worked around 50 hours the past three weeks, I haven’t quite regained the work life balance of being able to do arts or crafts or even exercise.  This changes this week,… Continue reading

Long Absence – Throw Down Your Heart

It has taken awhile to get back into the blogging routine, but I’m hopeful that this week will change that.  I’ve started to work a new second job, and am loving it.  I’ll… Continue reading

The Fever Left Her and She Began To Wait On Them

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about… Continue reading

Christmas – Toys and Gender


Development Saturday: Youth Development Girls 7.0 – Conclusion

*Note* This series comes from an integrative theology paper that I wrote on the intersection of the doctrine of sin and identity development in young adolescent girls.   I started this series so long… Continue reading

Nativity Scenes and Economic Justice

  I have four different nativity scenes. As I set them up I noticed something: all four of my sets had the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus) which is good, Jesus… Continue reading

A Post Card You Won’t Find At Christian Bookstores

Music Monday: White Sandy Beach Of Hawaii

  A year ago today I was in Hawaii, watching the weather channel amazed that back home in Minnesota 17 inches of snow had fallen, and the roof of the Metrodome had fallen… Continue reading