Category Archives: The Church

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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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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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: Faith in All the Wrong Places

Sunday, October 23, 2016 New Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, IL Luke 18:9-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to … Continue reading

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Sermón: ¿Encontrará fe?

Domingo, 23 Octubre, 2016 Iglesia Luterana Nueva Esperanza, Aurora, IL Lucas 18:9-14 A algunos que, confiando en sí mismos, se creían justos y que despreciaban a los demás, Jesús les contó esta parábola: “Dos hombres subieron al templo a orar; … Continue reading

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What Becomes of Boasting?: A Body Positive Reformation Sermon

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 “Encountering the Living Word” preaching course Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Romans 3:19-28 Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth … Continue reading

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Brooding on Vipers: An Out of Season Advent Sermon

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 “Encountering the Living Word” preaching course Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Matthew 3:1-12 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come … Continue reading

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My seventh sermon: You Are What You Eat

Grace Lutheran Church Saturday 8/15/15, Sunday 8/16/15 John 6:51-58 Ephesians 5:15-20 Psalm 34:9-14 Proverbs 9:1-6 I had to kind of chuckle a little bit when I read through the texts for today. You all lovingly sent me away to seminary … Continue reading

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Daughter

Here is the fruit of my latest songwriting efforts:  “Daughter.”  It was inspired by a verse that I recently rediscovered, one that both haunted me and gave me hope during my transition from the Jehovah’s Witnesses to what ended up … Continue reading

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My second sermon: The Harvest is Plentiful

Here’s the sermon I preached over the past weekend at my home congregation.  And because they have my amazing, techie-wizard dad running things, they regularly record their worship and post the sermons online.  So now anyone (who is not me) … Continue reading

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