Living a Legacy of Love

Luke 12:13-21 A man in a crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to give me my share of what our father left us when he died.”Jesus answered, “Who gave me the right to settle arguments between you and your brother?” Then he said to the crowd, “Don’t be greedy! Owning a lot of things […]

Mexico Mission 2016: Reflection

Reflection by Elijah Evetts, 9th grade What is the main goal of the Mexico mission? Some may believe that the goal is to build a house but I believe it’s really something different. I believe the real goal of the Mexico mission is to grow closer to the family – both the ones we are […]

Into the Muck

Have you ever tried to make a mud pie without water? Now, I’m not talking about that decadent dessert served with knife and fork. I’m talking ooey gooey mud pie shared from one hand to another, slapped together with a satisfying smack, adorned with rocks and sticks and stones, and left with a quiet shake […]

Dusty Ones

There are some things you never really know until you experience it. You may hear the stories, be moved with inspiration and hope, grow in curiosity, but unless you actually live it you will never really know what it is really about. Most of life is filled with this draw, this pull, into experience. What […]

Burdens, Bridges, Chains, and Hope

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to take a group of youth and adults to Detroit for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering. Below are some reflections that were recently shared with our congregation. I know that we will continue to process and connect the things we have learned and experienced with wherever we […]

I Am, I Was

The struggle of being too much and not enough. Too much because all my life I’ve seen you shrink back from my fire and freedom. Not enough because my heart has taken a long time knowing that the good in me is the good of God and that is always more than enough. I am Wisdom […]

Life Love Death Love Life

The essential goal of life is to accept death. As long as we fight death, we do not have energy for love. As long as we fear death, we have no room for love. And what is love, with all of its nuances, other than true life? The more we accept death, the more life […]

A Goodbye and A Beginning

July will be an emotional month for me for it is a month filled with the grief of goodbye. After eight years at Advent, I will be leaving to begin a new phase in my call at a new congregation. I can’t say it more simply than God called, God nudged, God moved me to […]

What Makes Us Human

Genesis 3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LordGod had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but […]

Why I Love the Wilderness

“The desert is a dangerous place. Nobody goes there unless they really have to…” These are the words that begin countless Godly Play stories. These stories share the history of God’s people, where they came from, where they went, and most importantly how God met them wherever they were, guided them, protected them, and gave […]