Who would believe in horsemanship but not horses?

No one. This is from “Existential Comics,” always a good read, and reminded me of Lamentations. I recall coming across those who argued that the biblical author(s) critiquing/challenging God about the justice of allowing Jerusalem to be destroyed was an example of the erosion of faith. It always occurred to me that it is quite […]



We have lost our faith. 2

I was invited to preach at an all-campus service at the beginning of the semester. It was amazing to see the big auditorium in the student union completely filled. It was wonderful. It was incredibly encouraging. As I mention at the beginning of the sermon, I believe a preacher should be bringing the message that the congregation […]

“Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping”

Compline has always been to me the most gentle and consoling of the offices. I can never, however, escape the knowledge that as they prepared to take him on the helicopter I prayed with Mack our simple nightly prayer. “Now we lay you down to sleep and pray the Lord your soul to keep. His […]



Jesus in a box 1

We visited the Aachener Dom, the Aachen Cathedral, built by Charlemagne and his final resting place. We also went to the Schatzkammer, the treasure house. It held many beautiful and a few weird things. Below are three images from a large altar piece card out of wood. The proportions are odd, Jesus looks quite small […]

A good pastor 1

A couple of months ago I met with a retiring pastor, just to get caught up with one another. At one point as he was talking about wanting to help develop and form new ministers he said one of the simplest and perhaps most profound statements about being a pastor that I have ever heard.1 […]


11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.

Der Kreuzweg in Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus Schluchsee

Today, in an effort to escape the 100º heat in Freiburg we drove up to Schluchsee, a beautiful lake in the Schwarzwald. What I did not expect was the Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus. From the outside it appears a fairly traditional looking church, with a large wooden structure. The first hint of something different is the […]

Jacob Lee Correll — September 4, 1996 – June 22, 2015 2

The following is the homily I shared for Jake’s funeral this past Saturday. It is shared here with the blessing and permission of his family.  Jake Correll We came here today to share our grief and sadness, to give thanks for the life of Jake Correll and to hear God’s word and receive the grace of […]

Is the sun rising or setting? (And in this case, it is the moon...)


The seed that is sown

We have lost a young member of our community this week and as I prepare for the service I am drawn to this particular reading. I have thought often of it with regards to those who die from debilitating illness, whether physical or mental. Like the plant we are sown in a hard, scrabbly seed but […]

Defining Moments

We are in Rehoboth Beach for Father’s Day and I was invited by my mentor and friend to preach at St. Peter’s in Lewes, DE.   Proper 7 (12) (June 21, 2015) 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 Psalm 9:9-20 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 I wish all fathers, biological and spiritual, a blessed day! […]

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Prostrate Upon The Ground 1

We recently had a clergy conference for our diocese and it was hosted in our local parish. The lectures were given in the sanctuary and our topic was alcoholism and addiction. As the speaker described St. Augustine’s own moment of release from his own sins, the saint, lying prostrate on the ground beneath the fig tree, […]