Life & Health Theology

Trees, Transitions, and the Patient God

I like trees. I’ve been thinking a lot about trees recently. I mean, who doesn’t like trees? Maybe trees are on my mind because I watched The Tree of Life last night (which is probably the most beautiful movie of all time). Maybe they’re on my mind…

September 19, 2018

Reading Review 2017

Here’s a roundup of my favorite books I read in 2017, in no particular order. To give you a picture of each book, I’m going to add one of my favorite sections or quotes (or two/three) from each book below my summary: Laurus –…

February 16, 2018
Life & Health

New Advent Sermon: Finding Peace When Holidays are Hard

Advent Sermon Last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach about something that I’m very passionate about: How do we find peace when the holiday season is hard because of grief, loss, pain, or missed expectations? You can watch the sermon below:   And,…

December 12, 2017
Life & Health

A Feast that Swallows Up Death

  I find it fitting that today is both Thanksgiving and my sister’s birthday. It is a day of feasting and celebration, a time spent with family and friends, a time remembering what we have to be thankful for. Yet at the same time,…

November 23, 2017

Losing the Trail: The Story of Summiting My Second Munro

Storytime: I bagged my second Munro a few weeks ago, called Tom a’ Choinich. [A Munro is a Scottish mountain that’s over 3,000 feet high.] The photo above is the view I had from about halfway up the Munro, which was absolutely stunning. Also:…

November 6, 2017
Life & Health

Life Update: Scotland Ministry Internship

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here, but I wanted to share an update on my health/life here along with an exciting new opportunity that I’ve been given. As you know if you’ve been following along, this last year has certainly…

August 2, 2017
Life & Health

Has Death Really Lost Its Sting?

  Has death really lost its sting? Theologically I want to say, “yes” – but then I have to ask: “what do I call this pain I feel because of death?” What do I call this pain I feel when someone asks me how many…

June 22, 2017

Sermon: Knowing (or Being Known by) God

I was #blessed to be able to preach at my church yesterday morning and wanted to share the video/audio here. Because it was Trinity Sunday, I tried to add some Scripture reading/liturgy to the service, and then we did communion afterward – so the actual…

June 12, 2017

[Very] Short Story: “The Wolf”

Here is another [very] short story I wrote for my writing class. Again, I’d love any feedback or constructive (or destructive) criticism. I also want to keep designing more, so I’ve decided to design an image to go with each short story I post.…

May 17, 2017