Posts from November 2016

Two Families

My very first position as a church worker was in Katy, Texas. After four years of college, I was placed at Memorial Lutheran Church. It was such a wonderful place to start my professional ministry. There were tons of people who adopted their new intern and made me feel like family. Over time, however, things slowly changed. The dreaded “church politics” monster reared its ugly head as people fought about what types of worship were acceptable, what color carpets and…

Paralyzed by Anger

Did you know that Jesus got angry? We typically think about anger as a sinful emotion, but that’s clearly not the case if Jesus—who never sinned—felt anger. How you deal with it, however, could be sinful. Today seems like an incredibly poignant time to be talking about anger. Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that America elected a new president this past week. As I’ve scrolled through social media and discussion boards on the internet, I’ve noticed…

Paralyzed by Anxiety

“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.” — Francis Chan Have you ever noticed that worry often leads to paralysis in your life? It’s like a virus that slowly takes over our heart and mind. It starts small, but the longer you sit with it, the more it infects you until all you hear is a litany of “what ifs”. What…