Holy Possibilities

Friday is my officemate’s day off, so I usually have music playing to keep me company. This past Friday, instead of my usual Spotify playlist, I instead had the first all-female spacewalk live video feed open in the background on my computer. For several hours, I listened to astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir working…

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It

For a while now, I’ve wondered what it would be like to have set hours out in the community on a regular basis. As part of our #WithOurNeighbors emphasis this summer, I decided to spend Thursday nights at Rosa’s Café. Every Thursday night this summer (except for VBS Open House and 4th of July), I…

Becoming a Fan of Our Neighbors

On June 7, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup began. Since my son, Thomas, is a soccer player and has enjoyed watching some professional soccer this past year, I asked him if he wanted to watch with me. He said he wasn’t interested. I was surprised and asked him, “Why? Because they are women?” He…

Spoiler Alert

When a new movie is released, or a highly anticipated episode of a TV show airs, the internet and news media are full of posts and articles that contain the phrase “Spoiler Alert.” If you see that phrase, you know that you might find out something that might ruin any surprises for you.  It’s like…

The Kingdom of God is Like . . .

What do you get when two chaplains, four ministers and two seminary professors go to dinner? This sounds like the beginning of a cheesy joke, doesn’t it? In reality, it was a wonderful reminder to me about how the Kingdom of God can be present in this world. Earlier this week, I shared a meal…

No Crib for a Bed

For several weeks, stores and radio stations have been playing Christmas music. I find myself humming or singing along, and I often get phrases stuck in my head for days at a time. One phrase that has really jumped out at me this year is from Away in a Manger. Away in a manger, no…

That Blessing Seems Fishy

The past nine weeks we have been studying the Beatitudes in worship. We have heard the word “blessed” quite a few times. We’ve thought about what it means to be “blessed.” We know that God gives blessings to those we might not expect. As humans, we tend to see things in binary terms: us vs….

Holy Chaos

Last month, our family spent a week at Disney World. We’ve been before, and it is a wonderful vacation for us. All five of us looked forward to different rides, foods and experiences. One of my favorite parts of a trip to Disney, or really to anywhere, is the planning. I love to look at…