The day I drove my car into a ditch

I drove my car into a ditch yesterday. We were supposed to drive to St. Louis to tour an apartment we are considering for Jonathan’s fourth year at seminary. There had been some winter weather, but the area around us was clear and the roads looked fine from the Department of Transportation website and localContinue reading “The day I drove my car into a ditch”

A Dispatch in the Quiet

Apologies for my long pause in writing—we have had a very hectic winter season, though with the conclusion of a large, long-term project (about which I hope to share more in the near future), I have hope that things will quiet down again and my writings here will become more regular. It is winter. IContinue reading “A Dispatch in the Quiet”

Beauty and Christ: A Reflection on What it Means to Be Human

We inhabit a culture of terrible ugliness. Not only metaphorically—though there is plenty of ugly behavior, ugly politics, ugly thoughts and words—but also literal, physical ugliness, ugliness to which we have become desensitized and comfortably numb. I won’t dishearten you by parading out examples or generalizations; if you’re still reading this, you likely already knowContinue reading “Beauty and Christ: A Reflection on What it Means to Be Human”

Pop Music, Taylor Swift, and Storytelling

If you are a woman or know any women between the ages of about 18 and 35, odds are you’ve heard about Taylor Swift re-recording and re-releasing her old albums. (I don’t fully understand the legal reasons, but the short version is she didn’t have ownership of the original master tracks of her songs.) LastContinue reading “Pop Music, Taylor Swift, and Storytelling”

Coming Soon: A Biblical Response to Witchcraft

Concordia Publishing House was gracious enough to invite me to work on another tract, which will be coming out mid-October. Fittingly enough, this one is A Biblical Response to Witchcraft. From CPH: No fairy tale fantasy, witchcraft is a real, contemporary practice that has been growing in popularity over the past decades. Whether driven toContinue reading “Coming Soon: A Biblical Response to Witchcraft”

Tuesday’s Tidings: October 5, 2021

Watching: Amadeus (1984) Jonathan and I watched the classic film Amadeus recently. It definitely took some liberties with the historical reality of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s relationship with fellow-composer, Antonio Salieri. But it was a really good movie. I loved the costumes and the just overall “look” of the movie. And at a stout three hours,Continue reading “Tuesday’s Tidings: October 5, 2021”

Matt Richard’s Minute Messages: A Great Devotional Resource

I wanted to write a quick note about Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard’s newest book, Minute Messages: Gospel-Filled Devotions for Every Occasion. I had the joy of reading an advance copy in order to write an endorsement for the book’s inside cover. I’m a big fan of Pastor Richard’s (you can check out his blog, PMContinue reading “Matt Richard’s Minute Messages: A Great Devotional Resource”

A Simple Explanation of Angels

I’m a bit late in posting about this on here (whoops!) but I recently authored a tract with Concordia Publishing House entitled “A Simple Explanation of Angels.” It’s available in print in 20-packs and as an ebook download through Amazon. As always, it was such an honor to write for CPH and I had aContinue reading “A Simple Explanation of Angels”