Episode 14: In Here

cracked pot

My guest and partner this week was Rev. Adam Copeland. Adam is on the faculty at Luther Seminary where he teaches practical theology and directs the Center for Stewardship Leaders. He is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in rhetoric from North Dakota State University, with a focus on new media and religion. Ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2009, he has pastored a church, he has served as a mission developer for a community of young adults, and served the national church as director of the Montreat College Conference and as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song that developed Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013). He is editor of Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College (2014), and a writer and author of many articles and book chapters including those on digital writing, contemporary ministry, and church leadership. He and his wife Megan live in beautiful Minneapolis.

Links to some of the content on the episode: 

Adam’s website is here.
Adam’s page at Luther seminary is here.
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book is here. He’s coming to IU to speak in a week and I’m beside myself with excitement.
Thomas Long’s article What God Wants is here.

Episode 13: Heaven and Earth Matter

earth and sky

My guest this week was Rev. Rachel Hackenberg.  Rachel is an author, speaker, and ordained minister. Her new book, Sacred Pause: A Creative Retreat for the Word-weary Christian, invites readers to savor familiar words of faith and thereby meet The Word afresh. Rachel’s popular devotional book, Writing to God, invites readers into the creative spiritual discipline of prayer-writing.

We talked Job 1 and 2, Psalm 8, and Mark 10 from the Lectionary – Proper 22b.

Links to some of the content on the blog: 

Rachel’s website is here.
Follow her on Twitter here.
Follow her Facebook page here.

The article on parenting and marriage I reference is here.

Episode 12: Sustainable Peace


My guest this week was Esther Emery, my dear friend, a writer, blogger and vlogger, and cultural outlier. Esther was previously a freelance theatre director, and playwright, but is now a homestead wife, mama to three, and as she writes on her blog, “a runaway from the speed and noise and competition of a previous life.” She writes about her faith, she writes about her life, she writes about nature and seasons, and she writes about the why’s and how’s of DIY/off-the-grid life.

We looked at Psalm 1, James 3, and Mark 9 from Proper 20b. 

Links to some of the content on the blog:

Esther’s blog and website here.
The Seeker Network videos hosted by Laura Ling on Esther and her family’s life off the gird here.
Follow Esther on Twitter.

Episode 11: Putting Faith to Work


My guest this week was Angie Hong, and we reflected on the problem of favoritism and partiality, and all the ways it sneaks into our lives with those on the margins of our communities, but how even Jesus was not immune to it. She is a mother, writer, and worship leader at CityWell Church in North Carolina, and is also the leader of Menders, a worship band exploring reconciliation and worship.

Links to some of the content on the blog:

Angie’s blog is here.
Follow Angie on Twitter.
Angie is worship leader at CityWell Church.
Angie is part of Menders.
Micah Kiel’s commentary on the text at Working Preacher.
David Henson’s article “Crumbs: Jesus and the Ethnic Slur”
David Lose’ article “What the Syrophoenician Woman Teaches”
Greg Kilmovitz’s litany Be Opened.

Episode 10: Doing Words

vintage books and a cup of coffee

My guest this week was Caris Adel, and we talked everything from purity to empire to how we are attempting to teach our kids about privilege and power. She is a homeschooling mom of 5 who just went back to college this week, pursuing a degree in American Studies and Public History. She loves reading, traveling, and is continually looking for ways to disrupt her status quo.

The lectionary passages for this episode were Mark 7:

Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, ‘Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?’ (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, ‘It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.

And James 1:

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

Links to some of the content on this blog: 

Caris’ blog at www.carisadel.com
Caris on Twitter!  https://twitter.com/CarisAdel

Caris made a reference to renowned Old Testament scholar and theologian Walter Bruggemann.

Episode 9: Food Tripping and Vocation


My guest this week was Rev. Katy Stenta and we chatted through John 6 and a little bit of Ephesians 6. We also talked about everything from eating food too loud to understanding the need for fulfillment and satisfaction to Korean culture to vocation. And the kids are really present throughout this episode – mine and the snippets from Katy’s home life. Mine are really obnoxious – sorry – and I think that Anna is drinking her sippy cup insanely loud. It sounds weird.

Links to some of the content on this blog:

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Katy’s blog: Katy and the Word

Episode 8: The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Mary 1

This episode I chatted with Rev. Charlie Dupree – a good friend here in town. He is a wonderful pastor and a true artist – he is a gifted musician, preacher, and just plain fun to be around. We talked about engaging art as a spiritual discipline and looked at these images of Mary Magdalene in honor of her feast day.

Photos and Links to some of the content on the blog: 

Rev. Charlie Dupree is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.

The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene is July 22nd.

Jesus Event: 3 Things to Know about Mary Magdalene. 

Here’s a video of a homily on it.

Mary 2

opnamedatum: 2006-04-18

Episode 7: Ebb and Flow


This week I finally finished the podcast episode with Rev. Kelly Shriver – who was technically my first guest! She’s super.

Links to some of the content on the blog: 

Rev. Kelly Shriver is the pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church in Milan, MI.

Kelly’s husband John works for Farm Logs. It is a super interesting company!

The Young Clergy Women Project is a wonderful network and place for young women (under the age of 40) who are serving as ordained ministers.

For more on the Presbyterian denomination click here.

Episode 6: Better To Be Weak

Mother Teresa

A little mash up of the last two weeks Proper 8 and Proper 9 from RCL. Preaching this week at First Presbyterian Church, so that gave me the impetus necessary to do another episode!

Links to some of the content on the blog: 

President Obama’s Eulogy

Story about Susan Ahn Cuddy

My friend Christie Popp is an immigration lawyer and activist and here is information on the family detention centers.

David Frederickson’s commentary on 2 Corinthians.

Dan Lewis’ essay on weakness.

And a little bit of me tinkling out on the piano: “I Love the Lord,”( Presbyterian Blue Hymnal)