On the Eve of My Ordination

On the eve of my ordination I am overwhelmed. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and joy and fear and hope and love and giddy delight. On the eve of my ordination, I look back, amazed that my life has brought me here; that somehow, despite all the ways in which this call could have beenContinue reading “On the Eve of My Ordination”

The (Overwhelmingly) Great Cloud of Witnesses

In a tunnel, in what seems somehow both like a thousand years ago and yesterday, I began to voice my call. It was a dark, isolating place in which I quietly and timidly voiced the first stirrings of my calling to ministry. Most of the people in my life weren’t comfortable with it, and, toContinue reading “The (Overwhelmingly) Great Cloud of Witnesses”

Finding My Voice in Wide Open Spaces

A new friend of mine, Mitch, asked me to write a guest blog on his site, Create Grace, for his Music Changed Me series. At the conference where I met Mitch, I remember walking in and genuinely trying to decide how much of myself and my vocation I would share with these people. After goingContinue reading “Finding My Voice in Wide Open Spaces”

Pictures or It Didn’t Happen: Barbara Brown Taylor

Images kept popping up in my mind as I thought about whether we would take a falsely intimate selfie or if we would appear stiff as the strangers we were in photograph captured by another stranger, anxiously awaiting his own 30 seconds with the famous preacher. I knew I would get to meet Barbara Brown TaylorContinue reading “Pictures or It Didn’t Happen: Barbara Brown Taylor”