Shrine for the 141 murdered Pakistani Children

Several of my parishioners created this shrine that was up at church tonight, it is for the 141 Pakistani children who were murdered this week. 141 pages from a children’s Bible, bullet holes, and spent shell casings. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.         [Read more…]

The Virgin Birth: Fact, Fiction, or Truth?

This post is part of the “Modern Magi on the Mysteries of Christmas,” featuring myself, Scot McKnight, Kyle Roberts, and Billy Kangas, and is a response to Kyle Robert’s post about the Virgin Birth.  It is also written in a single draft and without much thought so – kind of jumbled. In his post about the miracle of the [Read More…]

The Slaughter of the Innocents of Sandy Hook

This post is taken from the un-edited manuscript of the book I’m working on and is part of a special Patheos conversation: “Modern Magi on the Mysteries of Christmas,” featuring myself, Scot McKnight, Kyle Roberts, and Billy Kangas.  If I asked 100 people the question, who brought gifts to the Christ child, how many people were there, where [Read More…]

An Advent Sermon on the Turmoil in America, Repentance, and Confession.

(please consider listening along) Wednesday night after Vespers I was standing around talking to Aram about the unrest and despair in our country and about our Gospel reading for today which says Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And I said, you know, given the tangled unrest in our nation right [Read More…]

My first Advent.

    The first time I celebrated Advent I had no idea what was going on. I’d been married to a Lutheran seminary student for just a week when we moved to Eugene, Oregon for his internship at a small, Lutheran church. United Lutheran sat on a little grassy hill in a neighborhood dotted with [Read More…]

Sermon on Sheep and Goats

        (you can click above to listen to the sermon being preached) There were particular books that donned the shelves and coffee tables in pretty much every Christian home in the 70s and 80s. There was, of course, Joni – the autobiography of Joni Erikson, the Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis, and [Read More…]

File this under, “unexplainable”

  I can’t make this up.  These are the 4 finalists for the Folio Awards “Magazine Cover; Lifestyle Category”.       [Read more…]

Some Modern Beatitudes – A Sermon For All Saints Sunday

Click above to listen along This Summer when I was at the Greenbelt Festival in the UK, I stood on the top of a tall grassy hill and I and 2 of my dear friends, Padraig and Doug[1], each preached on the beatitudes. The event was called Sermons on the Mount and it was my [Read More…]

Sermon on Suicide, Caesar, and Beautiful Newborns

Yesterday I had the honor of holding little Imogen, our newest housemate, just one day old. All four of the Eakins were laying in bed and I leaned over and said a blessing over the new baby. And I couldn’t help but think of our text for today when Jesus is asked if it is [Read More…]

Sermon on “us” and “them”

Click above to listen along!     Bethany started a hilarious meme this week on Facebook. She used a picture of Rebel Wilson’s character Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect to start a “sometimes I feel God convicting me” meme – her first one said “Sometimes I feel God convicting me to do crystal meth, but [Read More…]