Category Archives: Seminary

Waging Holy War with the DSM-5

CW: fatphobia, eating disorders, IWL/diet talk Introduction “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”; this was the oft-repeated mantra of the doctor who once helped me lose over 30 pounds (after having already lost 40) in a little under three … Continue reading

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Recovering Ancient Understandings of Gluttony

Book Review/Reflection for Class: The God of Thinness: Gluttony and Other Weighty Matters by Mary Louise Bringle        Mary Louise Bringle lays out her book, The God of Thinness: Gluttony and Other Weighty Matters, after the fashion of … Continue reading

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Making Space for Mystics and Madness

Here’s another bit of writing from one of my classes this semester, this one from the Pastoral Care and Mental Illness course I’ve been taking.  This particular course has had some interesting overlap with another of my classes: Desert Discipleship, which … Continue reading

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Sermon: Eyes of Faith

Thursday, April 27, 2017 James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching Event Augustana Chapel, Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago My friend Anna and I were finalists for our seminary’s annual preaching prize, and we both got to preach … Continue reading

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Cancer, Evolution, and a Creation Stumbling Forward

I have been taking a particularly fascinating (and challenging!) course this semester called “The Epic of Creation: Scientific, Biblical, and Theological Perspectives on Our Origins.”  While many of our class sessions have been (to my mind) thickly scientific and technical … Continue reading

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The Disorder that Isn’t a Disorder (Except that it Totally Is)

I forgot to post this from a while back!  I wrote an article in my school’s newspaper for Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  CW: disordered eating (obvs), weight loss.  Plain text follows the images below the cut.  Enjoy!

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Sermon: Breaking the Cycle

(Early) Sermon for Ash Wednesday February 22, 2017 “Sermon Design and Delivery” course LSTC Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father … Continue reading

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Sermon: In the Flesh… AND the Spirit

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany / Sexto domingo de Epifanía Sunday, February 12, 2017 / Domingo, 12 febrero, 2017 First Lutheran Church in Logan Square Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Augustana Chapel, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 (16-17) … Continue reading

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Sermon: Resistance is Futile

Sunday, October 16, 2016 Zion Lutheran Church in Franklin, NE Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who … Continue reading

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Sermon: Costly Journeys

Sunday, September 4, 2016 / Domingo, 4 Septiembre, 2016 First Lutheran Church of Logan Square Luke 14:25-33 / Lucas 14:25-33 Classes are starting up again this week at my seminary, LSTC. And to get ready, I’ve been busy calculating loans … Continue reading

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