Letters Mingle Souls

“Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls. For, thus friends absent speak.”  —John Donne  As part of my doctoral thesis project at Northern Seminary I am exploring the role of letter writing in pastoral care and spiritual formation. In the ancient world, letter writing was a preeminent way pastors engaged personally with those under their spiritual … Continue reading Letters Mingle Souls

The Pilgrim’s Progress & Our Story Shaped Lives

During one of my Christmas breaks in college, I came home with an old paperback version of John Bunyan’s 17th century classic The Pilgrim's Progress.  I was going through a radical spiritual awakening, and was voraciously devouring the Christian classics I missed as a non-reading sports jock in high school. The Pilgrim's Progress collided with my … Continue reading The Pilgrim’s Progress & Our Story Shaped Lives

Sermon: Growing in Wisdom

They found him...sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions...And Jesus grew in wisdom." (Luke 2:46, 52) Jesus was a middle schooler once. Can you imagine that? Popping pimples. Voice cracking. Surging hormones. Changing body. Our stained glass images of a stoic Jesus the Son of God and second person of the … Continue reading Sermon: Growing in Wisdom