Kids’ Stuff (Pt. 2):Where We’re Planted

I was never any good with yearbooks. When I moved at the end of 4th grade, while we were getting registered at my new elementary school, I was given a yearbook by the well-meaning receptionist. She told me to take it home and look through it to “see what my classmates look like and start…

Kids’ Stuff (Pt.1): Life, Death, and Mariachi

The major thrust of this series is my attempting to highlight the profound messages in the stories that we so often perceive as being beneath us. Another way to say this would be that I want to talk about the cool stuff going on in kids’ movies. My last post delved into that a little…

Kids’ Stuff (Introduction): Worth Our Time

I was getting lunch with a preacher friend of mine. That may be a bit casual for describing our relationship, but it was a casual occasion. We, along with the other three interns that would be spending the summer working with the church, were sitting down together for some tex-mex after the first official Sunday…

The Hassle With the Tassel

I’m not typically one to be too self-conscious about my dress. In second or third grade, I remember telling my mom  I wanted more “normal” t-shirts. What this translated to was: “I only have t-shirts from vacation and VBS and all the other boys at school have branded shirts.” But my mother, sensing the urgency in…

State of the Blogger 2016

  The middle of February may seem like a weird time to do some reflections on the past year, and that’s because it is. But I want to write more, or at least post more, than  did last year, and that means that I need to take a breather and talk about some more lighthearted…

Right Here, Right Now

I hate the phrase “there are two kinds of people in the world.” I have never found that to be accurate, especially as someone who falls in between on most of the dichotomies that follow that brief and absolute introduction. Miracle Whip or mayo? I eat mayo more often, but I don’t hate Miracle Whip.…

Sermon: Kids Say the Darnedest Things

(This is the manuscript for a sermon I delivered in my preaching class at the end of the semester.) John 6:1-13 “Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs…