Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Nostalgia and the New Thing

Starship may have built this city on Rock and Roll, but the Via Ex Machina website was built squarely on the alternative music of REM. Stuck in Toronto’s strict COVID lockdown I banished myself...

Dolly and W.C.

As our minivan wound its way through the Smokey Mountains to Sevier County, Tennessee, home of Dollywood Splash Country, I paused the latest Percy Jackson audiobook, to narrate a story of my own for...

Rejoice Always

If you're one of the cool kids on TikTok, then you already know about Nathan Apodaca's video of himself skateboarding while drinking Cran-raspberry juice and listening to Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams." If you're the parent...

Eulogy for My Dad

Today marks the anniversary of my father’s death. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought of him. It’s been tough at times, especially not being able to share with him the...

Hitting the Road

A version of this sermon was preached on March 20, 2016 (Palm Sunday) at the First Baptist Church of Hyattsville. The Scripture readings were Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19.28-40. Last September, Kristen and I took the girls...

I’m Tired, Too

I’m 39 years old.  I’m the father of five-year-old twins, a husband, and a pastor. I’m tired – exhausted, even – much of the time.  I routinely put in 50+ hour weeks between all...

Christian Hissstory

I was wrapping up my work-from-home day a few weeks ago when my three-year-old daughters wandered into the bedroom and piled onto the loveseat where I was studying. They started leafing through my Bibles,...

Knock Knock…

One day last week, a pair of Mormons stopped by the house. I saw them approach from the threshold of the kitchen–shirts, white; ties, straight; briefcases, official.  I did what I usually do when...

A Long Three-Night Journey Into Day

Emma, the younger of my twin toddlers, was the first to get sick this week.  I came home from a meeting at church around 10:30pm on night one, and she clung to me from...

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