Note: I preached this sermon on January 31, 2016 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda, Illinois. Apparently I did not make a manuscript of it.
I’m a Lutheran pastor (ELCA, in case you’re interested) who has written on topics on religion, politics, and culture for Aeon, The Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Pacific Standard, and other venues. I’m the author of Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance, and I help edit Let’s Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. I serve Christ Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas. Opinions expressed in my writing are, regrettably, my own.