Essays and Sermons

I am a member of the Redbud Writer’s Guild, and the Collegeville Institute has hosted me for a writing residency. I write regularly on the intersection of faith, culture, and politics, and I have written for Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, Geez, the Redbud Post, and Velvet Ashes. Check out some of those reflections here.

Beyond Words, Walls, and Temples: a sermon on what Ezekiel 1 can teach us when everything falls apart.

Products of Personal Care: a memoir about meeting needs creatively when it becomes difficult to find everyday toiletries

Leaning Against Trees: a contemplative prayer reflection on the life and teachings of civil rights leader Howard Thurman

Social Media, Lent and Literary Citizenship: social media can be a problem, but it can also be a blessing, as I learned during one Lent a few years ago

In the Beginning: a memoir about an unforgettable small group leader God brought my way when I was a pastor at an immigrant church in Shanghai

The Judges God Sends Us: a sermon on God’s vision for leadership in Judges 4

Crafting a Better World: how Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s TV show Making It offers us a new vision not only of crafting, but also of community

What’s Missing from Immigration Conversations: a memoir about what American and German friends taught me about the weight of my US passport

Looking at My Nadir: a memoir about sabbath and hitting a low point when I was serving as a pastor in Shanghai

What’s in a Name?: God cares about names in Scriptures, as well as our names today. What do our names, including my hyphenated one, reveal about our identities, justice, and sense of belonging?