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A Mother’s Day Gift for You

Almost Holy comes into the world on June 3, less than a month from today! In honor of Mother’s Day and all moms everywhere, I wanted to share the first chapter of the book with you today. From my heart to yours. Happy Mother’s Day! Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents Chapter 1…… Continue reading A Mother’s Day Gift for You

Christian reflections

Death, Good Friday, and All the Feels

I spent time as a hospital chaplain-in-training while in seminary, and I was blessed with this incredibly thoughtful supervisor named Eileen. She served as a chaplain for decades, and had an unsettling amount of wisdom, strength, and gravitas for someone who wore flared skirts and flowered cardigans. During our weekly supervisory meetings I would inevitably start crying…… Continue reading Death, Good Friday, and All the Feels

Christian reflections

You Gotta Go Down * 10 Minute Devotional

It was 1985 and Joe Simpson was in big trouble. He’d fallen, his leg was broken, and he was high in the Peruvian Andes. After a freak mountaineering accident, he landed deep in an icy crevasse. At that altitude, in blizzard conditions, a broken leg was basically a death sentence, never mind the fact that he…… Continue reading You Gotta Go Down * 10 Minute Devotional

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A Gospel Paradox * 10 Minute Devotion

Back when I trained as a hospice chaplain, I was often surprised at how much our team–doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains–laughed together. It wasn’t that we didn’t cry, too. We cried a lot. We cried plenty. Watching people die, supporting them at the end of life, ministering to their families and friends, it made each of us…… Continue reading A Gospel Paradox * 10 Minute Devotion

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Why I Do Lent * 10 Minute Devotional

I have no real roots in Lent. My childhood evangelical church didn’t celebrate it. My Catholic grandmother did, but I just chalked it up to the other stuff she practiced that I didn’t understand, like wearing long underwear in July. (“I’m cold,” she’d tell us on an 85-degree day.) Yet in college, amidst papers and…… Continue reading Why I Do Lent * 10 Minute Devotional

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Doing Good Anyway * 10 Minute Devotional

It’s kind of a mess out there, isn’t it? Tensions are running high. Democrat vs. Republican. Black Lives Matter vs. Blue Lives Matter. Young vs. Old. Rich vs. Poor. Us vs. Them. Policies vs. People. So much is broken. When I get up to preach these days I feel a lot of weight on my…… Continue reading Doing Good Anyway * 10 Minute Devotional