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Recent Published Works

2020: SATISFACTION AND JUSTICE
A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN ... NOT THAT ONE

Jan. 1, 2020

Life rushes past you. Last year we lost my Grandpa Jerry, and Jacob got so tall I could barely pick him up anymore. Our parents, despite looking young and staying unbelievably physically active, are getting older, too. My little brother got married and moved to the East Coast.

So there it is. Maybe I need to lean into that last song choice a little bit. You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.

Maybe too, as I acknowledge my near-constant state of restlessness, I have the chance to move that restlessness outward - working not for my own personal gain but for the justice and redemption of others, while grateful in place for my life as it is.

THE GRACE OF AN UNBALANCED LIFE
BOLD CAFE FOR WOMEN

Dec. 30, 2019

Green Bay Packers coaching great Vince Lombardi said it this way: “Success demands singleness of purpose,” which is fine if you’re a White American man in the 1950s, whose wife does your laundry and makes your bed and irons your shirts.

For modern women and moms, singleness of purpose looks different.

I contend that singleness of purpose for women today looks like a purposeful lack of balance.

WHY I AM A PASTOR
A GOOD CHRISTIAN WOMAN ... NOT THAT ONE

Dec. 4, 2019

In recounting these stories of my six years as an ordained Lutheran Pastor, I'm reminded that these are the moments that endure. Sure, I remember Christmas Eves and Easters, too. But the contentious council meetings and worries over the budget and broken toilets fade as the years go by.

What endures are the relationships, I realize. And the relationships I get to have as Pastor to a church of ordinary people, all of us trying our best to hear God and follow Jesus and embrace the Holy Spirit -- these relationships are special and all-too-rare in a world full of relationships based on convenience or commoditization.

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