This is a taco truck rally and all you have is cold slaw.

I wrote this blog post several weeks ago before the inauguration. I held back publishing it because I was angry. And I try not to do things out of anger. So, since today is Valentine’s Day, I’m going to publish this out of love. Love for the people who bravely stand up to injustice and…

isaiah 55:1-13

Ho, everyone who thirsts,     come to the waters; and you that have no money,     come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk     without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,     and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat…

luke 6:1-16

One Sabbath, as Jesus was going through the wheat fields, his disciples were picking the heads of wheat, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the Sabbath law?” Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read what David and his companions did when they were hungry? He broke the Law by going into…

psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O Lord;    give heed to my sighing. Listen to the sound of my cry,    my King and my God,    for to you I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;    in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. For you…

I’m not that youth pastor.

Today, one of my professors from seminary posted about a comedian named Nick Thune. He has a comedy routine about being a youth pastor that goes something like this: I had to laugh as I watched this at my desk. Laugh at the fact that this guy is pretty funny, but also about the fact…

I want to be part of an authentic church.

Today, on my day off, in between car washes, trips to the store, the mechanic, and multiple loads of laundry, I read two things: First, I read a piece from the Washington Post by Rachel held Evans that one of my youth leaders sent me this morning from April of 2015 called, Want millennials back…

Life comes from death.

This week, I’ve had the privilege of spending the week with the Montreat College Conference with over 1,500 college students and some of my dearest friends in life and in ministry as I serve as the conference pastor, a workshop leader, and the conference artist. It’s been a blast. Even as I battle a lingering…

mark 8:11-26

The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him.  And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.”  And he left them, and getting into…

luke 19:1-10

This is the sermon I gave back in October during our 4pm Jazz service. You can listen to that sermon here. Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account…

Please, don’t let humanity suck.

Last time I wrote, I was personally feeling the sting from our US Presidential election results. I felt the sting from the people I loved who seemed to think that those of us hurting were overreacting and that we should get over it. I felt the sting of knowing that I should have done more…

I will love you.

I typically begin my blog posts with a word and definition. But it’s time for a change. Given our last presidential election, I am compelled to engage with those of you who do not agree with me, and I will love the sh*t out of you while I do it. Friends, I do not care…