The Art of Living in Exile

A sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14. Preached at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Good Thunder, MN A lot has changed since I was here with you all last, some for the better and a whole lot for the worse. I would guess, given that we’ve been living in the midst of... Continue Reading →


My grief has been kicking up some gunk these last couple weeks, which I thought had long ago settled to the bottom of its pond. The waters there had been still for months--near total placidness--since the second anniversary of his death in June. Then the seasons began to change, and things shifted. Time for reflection... Continue Reading →

Under the Broom Tree

Elijah went a day's journey in to the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors." I Kings 19:4 I'm having an Elijah moment this morning, after being... Continue Reading →

Confession is a Gift

Ash Wednesday 2020 Spiritual Practices Series: Confession Mark 9:30-37 This year during Lent, we are focusing on spiritual practices, taking one traditional faith practices of Christian community each week. And we’re not just going to talk about these practices, we are actually going to practice. So if you need a moment to prepare yourself for... Continue Reading →

At Least

If Marrett were alive and aware of how negative the space inside my head is these days, he'd recommend a daily gratitude practice. But, because he's not, I just can't get to gratitude most days. Instead, I've developed this sad little game I play at the end of each day, which is possibly a step... Continue Reading →

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