Index

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The index is up to date as of March 9, 2017 and it was amazing for me to see how much I had written. Topics are alphabetical, except that all the Biblical Reflections are in the Order they appear in the Bible broken down by book (so this is a long section) so once you get past all the books of the Bible then the alpha starts over with Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Book Reviews. The Religious Images are based on their order in the church year. Maybe not the perfect system but hopefully you can find what you are seeking.

Autism

What I Learned About Myself, Life and God From My Son On the Autistic Spectrum: Part 1
What I Learned About Myself, Life and God From My Son On the Autistic Spectrum: Part 2
What I Learned About Myself, Life and God From My Son On the Autistic Spectrum: Part 3
What I Learned About Myself, Life and God From My Son On the Autistic Spectrum: Part 4
Biblical Reflections

Exodus
Transitioning into Exodus
Exodus 1: Setting the Stage
Exodus 2: Moses’ Story Begins
Exodus 3: The Calling of Moses and the Name of God
Exodus 4: Divine Magic, Anger and the Return to Egypt
Exodus 5: The Oppression of the Israelites Increases
Exodus 6: God’s Response and Moses’ Heritage
Exodus 7: The Conflict Begins

Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy 1: Retelling The Story for a New Time
Deuteronomy 2: The Warrior God
Deuteronomy 3: Visions of a Future Land
Deuteronomy 4: A Story Formed People
Deuteronomy 5: The Ten Commandments Revisited
Deuteronomy 6: The Center of Faith
Deuteronomy 7: A People Set Apart
Deuteronomy 8:The Dangers of Abundance
Deuteronomy 9: The Promise of God and a Stubborn People
Deuteronomy 10: The Covenant Renewed
Deuteronomy 11: Blessings and Curses
Deuteronomy 12: Expounding the Law
Deuteronomy 13: The Challenge of Exclusivity
Deuteronomy 14: Boundary Markers and Celebrations
Deuteronomy 15: A Life of Covenant Generosity
Deuteronomy 16: Celebrations, Remembrances, and Justice
Deuteronomy 17: A Society Structured Around One Lord
Deuteronomy 18: Priests, Prophets, and Forbidden Magic
Deuteronomy 19: Justice, Refuge, and Grace
Deuteronomy 20: The Conduct of War
Deuteronomy 21: Death, Rebellious Children, Captured Women, and Inheritance
Deuteronomy 22: Miscellaneous Laws
Deuteronomy 23: Boundaries, Purity, Interest, Vows, and Interest
Deuteronomy 24: Divorce, Purity and Justice
Deuteronomy 25: Punishment, Justice and the Enemy
Deuteronomy 26: Bringing Story into Liturgy
Deuteronomy 27: Preserving the Law
Deuteronomy 28: Blessings and Curses
Deuteronomy 29: A Final Address
Deuteronomy 30: Hope Beyond the Curse
Deuteronomy 31: Preparing for Life After Moses
Deuteronomy 32: The Last Song of Moses
Deuteronomy 33: A Poetic Blessing
Deuteronomy 34: The Death of Moses
Reflections from a Year Spent with Deuteronomy

Ruth
The Ballad of Ruth

Esther
A Young Girl in an Unfair World: A Sermon on Esther
Esther’s Crown: A Poem
Let the Party Begin: Esther 1: 1-12
If You Make A Decision While Drunk, Make Sure You Have Good Advisers: Esther 1: 13-21
Reality TV in the Ancient World: Esther 2: 1-11
Long Live the Queen: Esther 2: 12-18
Rumors of Assassination: Esther 2: 19-23
From Insult to Genocide: Esther 3: 1-6
Rolling the Dice: Esther 3: 7-11
Bureaucracy and Collusion: Esther 3: 12-15
Waiting on the World to Change: Esther 4: 1-8
The Weight of the World on Her Shoulders: Esther 4: 9-17
A Game of Thrones: Esther 5: 1-8
Of Gallows and Egos: Esther 5: 9-14
The World is About to Turn: Esther 6: 1-14
Endgame: Esther 7: 1-6
Mechanisms of Execution: Esther 7: 7-10
Dueling Edicts: Esther 8: 1-8
Bureaucracy in Action: Esther 8: 9-14
Mordecai’s Rise: Esther 8: 15-17
Horror or Celebration in Susa: Esther 9: 1-9
The Horror Concludes: Esther 9: 11-19
The Practice Forms the Faith: Esther 9: 20-32
The Final Chapter: Esther 10: 1-3

Psalms
Psalm 1: Poetry and Law
Psalm 2: The Lord’s Messiah
Psalm 3: Hope in the Heart of Brokenness
Psalm 4: Finding a Space in the Blessing
Psalm 5: The God Who Hears and Protects
Psalm 6: How Long, O Lord
Psalm 7: The God Who Judges
Psalm 8: The Soul Searcher’s Psalm
Psalm 9: Praising the God of Justice and Might
Psalm 10: Calling on God to be God
Psalm 11: Confident Faith in the Midst of Trouble
Psalm 12: Save Us From Ourselves
Psalm 13: The Cry from the God Forsaken Place
Psalm 14: The Wisdom of Holding to the Covenant
Psalm 15: Entering the Sacred Presence of God
Psalm 16: Remaining Faithful in a Pluralistic Setting
Psalm 17: An Embodied Prayer
Psalm 18: Royal Thanks at the End of the Journey
Psalm 19: Creation, the Law and a Faithful Life
Psalm 20: In the Day of Trouble
Psalm 21: A Blessing for the King
Psalm 22: A Desperate Cry to God
Psalm 23: The LORD as Shepherd, Host and Destination
Psalm 24: The Coming of the LORD
Psalm 25: The Struggle of Faith from Aleph to Tav
Psalm 26: Liturgy of the Falsely Accused
Psalm 27: Faith in an Age of Anxiety
Psalm 28: Can You Hear Me LORD?
Psalm 29: The Thundering Voice of God
Psalm 30: The Life of Praise

Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes 1: Chasing After the Wind
Ecclesiastes 2: The Quest for Meaning
Ecclesiastes 3: Approaching Time Wisely
Ecclesiastes 4: The Things that Steal our Peace
Ecclesiastes 5: the Gift of Mortality Before God and in the World
Ecclesiastes 6: The Illusiveness of Joy
Ecclesiastes 7: The Lonely Path of the Seeker
Ecclesiastes 8: Wisdom in an Uncertain World
Ecclesiastes 9: Staring into the Abyss and Finding Peace
Ecclesiastes 10: Wisdom, Life and the King
Ecclesiastes 11: Proverbs for Life in an Uncertain World
Ecclesiastes 12: The End of Wisdom

Jeremiah
Review of Jeremiah: The Fate of a Prophet by Binyamin Lau
An Introduction to the Prophet Jeremiah
The Calling: Jeremiah 1
The Wounded God: Jeremiah 2: 1-19
Rhetorical Overkill: Jeremiah 2: 20-37
The God Who Wouldn’t Give Up: Jeremiah 3
God the Wounded Lover: Jeremiah 4: 1-4
The Siren Call: Jeremiah 4: 5-10
The Poetry of Death and Destruction: Jeremiah 4: 11-18
The Prophet’s Agony: Jeremiah 4: 19-31
Searching for the Righteous One: Jeremiah 5: 1-6
The End of the World as They Know It: Jeremiah 5: 7-17
Corrupted Justice: Jeremiah 5: 18-31
The World Turned Upside Down: Jeremiah 6: 1-8
Peace, Peace When There Is No Peace: Jeremiah 6: 9-14
The Disconnect Between Worship and Obedience: Jeremiah 6: 15-21
Not Precious Metal, Fools Gold: Jeremiah 6: 22-30
Railing Against the Temple: Jeremiah 7: 1-5
The Prophet Who Hears and the People Who Don’t: Jeremiah 7: 16-26
The City Becomes a Desolation: Jeremiah 7:27-8:3
Jeremiah 8:4-9:1 The Headstrong People and the Heartsick Prophet and God
Jeremiah 9: 2-26 Death in and of the Land
The Things that Deceive: Jeremiah 10
Jeremiah 11: From Blessing to Curse
Jeremiah 12: The Disillusioned Prophet and the God who Listens
Jeremiah 13: Weeping for Those who do not Hear
Jeremiah 14: The Broken Covenant and the Death of the Land
Jeremiah 15: Ready to Walk Away
Jeremiah 16: A Vision of Resurrection, but only through Death
Jeremiah 17: States of the Heart
Jeremiah 18: A Misshapen People
Jeremiah 19: Broken Jugs
Jeremiah 20: The Abused Prophet
Jeremiah 21: A Kingdom Laid Low
Jeremiah 22: Justice, the King, and Judgment
Jeremiah 23: A Righteous Branch and Unrighteous Prophets
Jeremiah 24: Exiles, Figs and Reversals
Jeremiah 25: Drinking the Cup of Wrath
Jeremiah 26: The Prophet, The Temple, and the Elders
Jeremiah 27: The Yoke of Babylon
Jeremiah 28: The True and False Prophets
Jeremiah 29: A Letter to the Exiles and the Recurring False Prophets
Jeremiah 30: Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness
Jeremiah 31: Out of the Nightmare A Dream for the Future
Jeremiah 32: Purchasing a Field During a Siege
Jeremiah 33: Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness
Jeremiah 34: A Broken Covenant
Jeremiah 35: The Example of the Rechabites
Jeremiah 36: The Consumed Scroll and the Indestructible Words
Jeremiah 37: The People Who Do Not Hear
Jeremiah 38: The Officials, the Prophet, the Eunuch, and the King
Jeremiah 39: The City Falls
Jeremiah 40: The Remnant
Jeremiah 41: The Murder of Gedaliah and a Shattered Hope
Jeremiah 42: A Final Prayer and a Final Response
Jeremiah 43: The Flight to Egypt
Jeremiah 44: Plummeting to the End
Jeremiah 45: The Scribe and the World Endure the Ending
Jeremiah 46: Judgment for Egypt and Hope for Jacob
Jeremiah 47: Philistia Caught in the Flood
Jeremiah 48: Against Moab
Jeremiah 49: Judgment on Other Nations
Jeremiah 50-51: The Cry Against Babylon
Jeremiah 52: Ending the Journey
A Major Completion and Transition

Haggai
Build the House: Haggai 1
Trusting A Dream: Haggai 2
The Return Home: A Sermon on the Return of the Remnant to Judah

Matthew
Living A Godly Life: Learning to Give (Sermon)
Living A Godly Life: Prayer (Sermon)
Living A Godly Life: A Sermon on Fasting
Living A Godly Life: A Sermon on Trusting

Mark
Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 1
Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 2
Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 3
Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 4
Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and the World He Lived In: Part 5
The Rejected Kingdom: A Sermon on the Crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark

John
I Thirst

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Remembering Bonhoeffer: The Powers of Good

Book Reviews
An Ongoing Reference to Luther’s Works
Review of David Lose’s Preaching At the Crossroads
Review of Reading Backwards by Richard B. Hays
Review of 1 Kings: Torn in Two by Alex Israel
Theological Influences: Miroslav Volf

Brené Brown
Daring Greatly
Cultures of Shame
Shame…On You
Creativity, Spirituality and Shame
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 1-Central Values
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 2-Vulnerability Anthem
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 3- Speaking Back to the Gremlins
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 4- The Challenge of Comparison
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 5- Some Ways to Effectively Shame an Introvert
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 6- Manifesto
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 7- There Is No Going Back
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 8- Stockpiling Stress
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 9- Learning to Pay Attention (And Making Space for Good Habits)
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 10- The Stories We Tell
Living Brave Semester: Reflection 11- Integrating Stories
Wisdom of Story: Reflection 1-The Rules and Roles of the World
Wisdom of Story: Reflection 2- The Modern Crisis and the Balance of Work, Rest and Play
Wisdom of Story: Reflection 3- The Rules
Wisdom of Story: Reflection 4-Daring to Imagine a Bigger Story

Church
Something Different: Church as a Farm Without Fences
Something Different: Are We Losing Faith in Religion
Have We Made The Church Into A Gated Community
Are We Willing to Ask The Difficult Questions?
Church in a Risky Environment

Constitution, U.S.
Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 1 The Legislative Branch, Sections 1-6
Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 1, Section 7: The Process of Making Laws
Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 1, Section 8: The Powers of Congress
Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 1, Section 9-10: Limiting the Powers of Congress and the States
Understanding the Constitution of the United States: Article 2 The Executive Branch

Creativity
Creativity, Spirituality and Shame
The Image and the Imagination
In The Beginning was the Sentance
Creativity for Fun
Metaphors of Reality
The Gift of Self Reference and Necessary Imaginative Constructs
The Glorious Freedom of Creative Mistakes
The Means of Perception

Divorce
What I Learned About Myself, Life and God from my Divorce: Part 1
What I Learned About Myself, Life and God from my Divorce: Part 2
What I Learned About Myself, Life and God from my Divorce: Part 3

Gnostic Gospels
On Templars, Gnostic Gospels and Conspiracy Theories

Men
The Fathers We Seek

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Two Excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From the Birmingham Jail

Memory
The Need to Remember Rightly

Miscellaneous
Starting Over Again
At the Century Mark-Post 100: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Upcoming Projects and an Offer

Music
The Names We Take And The Names We Give

The Place of Authority: Historical Reflections
Why The Sign Of The Rose?
Authority: Getting to the Heart of the Issue
The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 1: Families Clans and Tribes
The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 2: King, Temple and the Prophetic Critique
The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 3a: The Exile, the Crisis of Collapse
The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 3b: The Exile, Reconstructing Identity-Narrative Practice and Hope
The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 4: Re-establishment, Disillusionment and Germination
The Place of Authority: A Brief History Part 5: A New Crisis of Collapse in Judaism and a Summary of Authority to this Point
The Place of Authority Part 2-1: The Beginning of the Christian Story
The Place of Authority Part 2-2: Rome’s Christian Problem
The Place of Authority Part 2-3: The Early Church’s Identity Problem
The Place of Authority Part 2-4: The Practices of the Early Church
The Place of Authority Part 2-5: The Constantinian Revolution Part 1-The Rise of Power and the Crisis of Authenticity
The Place of Authority Part 2-6: The Constantinian Revolution Part 2-Councils, Canons and Creeds
The Place of Authority Part 3-1: The Fall of the Western Empire and the Rise of the Bishop of Rome
The Place of Authority Part 3-2: Byzantium, Triangles and the Quest for Stasis

Politics
I Pray that I am Wrong…
Toward Healing a Broken Republic
Technology, News and the Distorted View of Reality

Post-Modernity
Climbing Out of the Rabbit Hole: Walking Away From Post-Modernity

Poetry
The Actor
Adrift
All That is Solid Disolves into Air
Angels and Demons
Anticipation
Anxiety: A Poem
Ashes and Dust
At the Birth of the Day
At The Table-A Meditation and Poem for Maundy Thursday
Back to Reality
Banana Pie
Bandera- A Poem
Banished Monsters
Beautiful
Beautiful Creatures
Betrayal: A Poem
Caesar is not Amused-A Poem for Palm Sunday
Catching Fire: A Poem for Pentecost
The Circus
Communio
Creative Words
Daddy’s Girl
Dark Days
Daydream
Death and Taxes
Debtor
Drawn Back In
Empathetic
Empty Wells: A Poem
Esther’s Crown: A Poem
The Exceptional Child
Exquisitely Tender
Extracting Wisdom
Father Forgive Them…A Poem for Good Friday
Fired Clay
Flood
Flooded Landscape
Forgiveness
Fostering Creativity
Frozen
The Future of the Bard
The Givers
Golgotha
Goodnight (Promised) Moon
The Grace of the Moment
Gracefully Unfair
Grey Days
The Grudge: A Poem
The Gryphon: A Poem
I Saw You at the Fair
I Thirst
Icarus
Ice Eagles: A Poem
The Illusion of Control: A Poem
Imagining Advent
In the Land of Trolls
In the Moment
Incarnation
The Kingdom of Fools
La Magdalena
Life May Be Good…
The Limit of Words
Little Faith Ones
Long Lost
Longing for Sabbath- A Poem
Looking Back
A Love Song For My Muse-A Poem
Making Monsters
Magnificent Desolation
The Man I Tried to Be
Meaning and Metrics
Mechanical Dinosaurs
The Modern Necromancers
Mosaic
Nostalgia
Not of One Mind
Not The End…A Poem
Noticed
Obfuscation
On the cutting room floor
Only a Dream
Opening a Galaxy
Our Life in Another’s Eyes
Paths not Taken
The People We Wish We Were
Phoenix Rising
Playful
The Playground of the Mind
Posted
Posthuman Evolutions Part 1
Posthuman Evolutions Part 2: The Beautiful Ones
Posthuman Evolutions Part 3: The Gladiators
The Puzzlemaster
Quiet Courage
The Rains of Fall
Re-enchantment
Remembering Bonhoeffer: The Powers of Good
The Return of the Robins
The Return to Naivete
Reverie
The Rules
The Scars of the Past
Seeing our Better Selves
Seeking Christmas
Seeking Wisdom
Silence
Silent Nights
The Silent Nights
Snow Day
Soft Hearted
Sounds and Syllables
The Spirit of Creativity
Stay Here and Keep Watch- A Poetic Meditation for Good Friday
Symphony of a Life
Tears in the Red, Red Clay
Tension- A Poem
Thinning
To See or not to See
Three Days-A Poem
Three Small Poems From A Snowy Day
Transitions
The Transplanted Rose- A Poem and Update
The Treacherous Sea
Two Short Poems
The Unforced Rhythms of Grace
Uninspired
Unrequited
Vacation
Waiting- A Poem
Waiting Rooms
The Walls I’m Trapped Within
Wallflower
Weighed Down: A Poem
What Lies Beneath
When the White Rider Falls
The Whisper of Demons
Winners and Losers
World of Dreams
Words and Will
Wrestling with God
300 Thoughts

Religious Images
Images for the 1st and 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A
Images for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A
Images for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year A
Images for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the 1st Sunday of Christmas, Year A
Images for the Baptism of our Lord, Year A
Images for the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, Lectionary 2A
Images for the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, Lectionary 3A
Images for the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany, Lectionary 4A
Images for the 5th Sunday after the Epiphany, Lectionary 5A
Images for the 6th Sunday after the Epiphany, Lectionary 6A
Images for the 7th Sunday after the Epiphany, Lectionary 7A
Images for Transfiguration Sunday, Ash Wednesday and the 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A
Images for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, Year A
Images for Easter, Year A
Images for the 2nd Sunday After Easter, Year A
Images for the 3rd Sunday After Easter, Year A
Images for the 4th Sunday After Easter, Year A
Images for the 5th Sunday After Easter, Year A
Images for the 6th Sunday After Easter, Year A
Images for the 7th Sunday After Easter, Year A
Images for the Day of Pentecost, Year A
Images for Holy Trinity Sunday, Year A
Images for the 2nd and 3rd Sunday After Pentecost, Lectionary 12 and 13A
Images for the 4th Sunday After Pentecost, Lectionary 14A
Images for the 5th Sunday After Pentecost, Lectionary 15A
Images for the 6th and 7th Sunday After Pentecost, Lectionary 16 and 17A
Images for the 9th Sunday After Pentecost, Lectionary 19A

Images for St. Michael’s and All Angels Sunday
Images for the 2oth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary 27C
Images for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary 28C
Images for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary 29C
Images for Reformation Sunday, Year C
Images for All Saints Sunday, Year C
Images for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary 32C
Images for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary 33C
Images for Christ the King Sunday, Year C

Sermons
Vanity and Identity-A Sermon at Rejoice Lutheran Church, Frisco TX August 4, 2013
An Authentic People: Being the Body of Christ- A Sermon from July 28, 2013
Freedom From Fear and Shame: Grace in our Lives- A Sermon from July 21, 2013
Forgiveness in a Graceless World- A Sermon
The God Who Meets Us- A Sermon for Holy Trinity Sunday
An Extremist For Love: A Sermon on Paul
Stay Here and Keep Watch- A Poetic Meditation for Good Friday
At The Table-A Meditation and Poem for Maundy Thursday
Living A Godly Life: Learning to Give (Sermon)
Living A Godly Life: Prayer (Sermon)
Living A Godly Life: A Sermon on Fasting
Living A Godly Life: A Sermon on Trusting
The Return Home: A Sermon on the Return of the Remnant to Judah
A Young Girl in an Unfair World: A Sermon on Esther
The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry: A Sermon
The Rejected Kingdom: A Sermon on the Crucifixion in the Gospel of Mark

Shame
Daring Greatly
Cultures of Shame
Shame…On You
Creativity, Spirituality and Shame

Society
The Need to Remember Rightly

Sports
The Irrational Pieces of Our Identity: A Reflection on the Departure of the San Diego Chargers

Star Wars
Star Wars, National Identity and the Seduction of the Dark Side
Making Kylo Ren Believable Again

Technology
Technology, News and the Distorted View of Reality

Violence
Violence and the Bible

Women
More Than Mothers

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