What Is Intersectionality

If you could change or improve one thing about life in the local community before you died, what would you work on? James 2: 1 – 4  My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a […]


On Being “pro-LIFE”

“…the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?  That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.” Galatians 5:6b-8 This blog entry was originally written for LAMPa’s blog, but I […]


How to Be Present With Our Youth

Did you know that there has been a 37% increase in teenagers reporting a major depressive episode since 2007? Did you know that teenage suicide  reached its highest peak in 40 years in 2015 amongst both boys and girls? Did you know that after Sandy Hook, more than 400 people have been shot in over […]


Encountering God … Everyday Miracles

I have written in the past about everyday miracles…. about how God works through us and around us in everyday life to do miracles that may be so subtle and un-proclaimed as to slip by, unnoticed. As we have moved through Lent, I was also “caught” by a snippet from Dave Daubert from The Intentional Christian, P.36: […]


Is the Church “Doing” Christmas Wrong?

  I sat in a room full of pastors recently, listening to many of them describe the “let-down” that many of them … and us … feel, after the Christmas season is over. I have often wondered why that happens. To be sure, there are some very good reasons. For children, all the anticipation over […]


DeConstruction Zone

In early August, I had the privilege of attending the Rostered Leaders Gathering of the ELCA in Atlanta, Georgia. For me, the most gripping workshop was presented by the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla , who serves as executive director of the Global Mission unit of the ELCA . His talk was titled “Deconstructing the Narrative […]



Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions?  Lose weight?  Quit smoking?  Well, here are some of mine: This year I resolve to: stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions. start eating more healthy (as soon as I eat all the junk food in my house so it won’t tempt […]


I Promise

I hear you. I hear your anguish. I hear your fear. I hear your dismay. Therefore, I promise. I will not – cannot – promise things I cannot do. Therefore, I promise things I can do. My Promises To You I promise. If you are gay and are afraid, I promise: I will listen to you, […]


Why Did God Allow This To Happen?

Why Did God Allow This To Happen? I met with a woman in mid-March at Prenatal Clinic who was not our patient. She had delivered at Holy Spirit Hospital, but had insurance and received care through a private doctor. She came, not for care, but to donate baby items … for a very sad reason. […]


How to Make a Difference in a Kid’s Life

Diakon Adoption & Foster Care – Making a difference. Could you, too? Foster and adoptive parents are so very important to us at Diakon. Our workers truly care about the welfare of the families and children we serve. In fact, we make it our priority to provide them with the best advocacy and service—keeping in […]

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