Matt Erickson

2021-01-25: This past weekend at @EastbrookChurch I made a case for the necessity of a baptismal spirituality …

2021-01-12: The strange beauty of nature. (Taken at Door Bluff Headlands Park, Gills Rock, Wisconsin, 10 days …

2021-01-07: I wrote about Jesus, Herod, and ways in which idolatry can grip our hearts here.

2021-01-05: Last week, Kelly and I escaped to Door County for a couple days. Here is the stunning view of Green …

2021-01-04: Currently reading: Art and Faith: A Theology of Making by Fujimura, Makoto 📚

2020-12-22: A plaque outside Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, in a photo taken several years ago.

2020-12-21: It was such a joy to preach with my wife, Kelly, on the life of Mary this past weekend at …

2020-12-17: One of the great tensions of life as a pastor is not losing the wonder of seasons of celebration …

2020-11-19: Loving the latest album by Ólafur Arnalds, “Some Kind of Peace.” There are some gorgeous …

2020-11-16: This past weekend I preached from John 17 and was struck by how profound it is that Jesus prayed for …

2020-11-10: As I continue to reflect on unity as we walk through a preaching series on that toipc at Eastrook …

2020-11-09: The beauty of enjoying 60-degree days here in Wisconsin during November is beyond words. It will end …

2020-10-24: Here is the latest “Weekend Wanderer” with John Piper’s surprising take on the …

2020-10-20: Working hard to finish an article on preaching and the Christian year. In the midst of so many …

2020-10-17: Currently reading: The Index of Self-Destructive Acts by Christopher Beha 📚

2020-10-15: I took this photo about a month ago while hiking the Ice Age Trail. A few moments after I snapped …

2020-10-12: Autumn in Wisconsin

2020-10-10: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with an exhortation to reading …

2020-10-07: Today’s blog post is an extended bibliography related to faith and politics that I developed …

2020-10-03: Here is the latest “Weekend Wanderer” with the Fetzer Insitute’s study on American …

2020-10-01: We had the amazing opportunity to host Dr. Vince Bacote this past week at @EastbrookChurch with a …

2020-09-30: I invited my 15-year-old son to watch the Presidential Debate with me last night as a sort of …

2020-09-26: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with reflections on the Breonna …

2020-09-19: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with a throwback from J I Packer on …

2020-09-17: I appreciate your prayer support as I work on two upcoming messages for @EastbrookChurch as part of …

2020-09-12: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with an excerpt from @ayjay’s …

2020-09-10: Every time I check social media I wonder whether I should have checked it. I wish there was a …

2020-09-06: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Chadwick Boseman’s …

2020-09-03: Hello, friends, what is your favorite resource (e.g., book, online message, video, article) on the …

2020-08-30: Here is “The Weekend Wanderer” for this weekend with some news on Kenosha, Wisconsin, a …

2020-08-27: It was a breath of fresh air this morning to share breakfast with a friend and discuss spiritually …

2020-08-23: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Tim Keller on theories of …

2020-08-20: What Love Is This?: a prayer reflection on Psalm 145 – sometimes I need to pray my way around …

2020-08-17: For our church’s summer-long journey through the Epistle to the Hebrews I wrote prayers …

2020-08-08: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with responses to the Beirut …

2020-07-21: As I see Moses at the burning bush, I wonder whether interruptions are God’s activity? Could …

2020-07-18: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with George Yancey’s model …

2020-07-16: I’ve been thinking about our blind spots and whether it’s possible to see them and …

2020-07-11: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Ed Stetzer on the NY Times …

2020-07-09: “How Does Spiritual Formation Happen?: themes of Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the …

2020-07-07: “Do we empty the Messiah of His true power by grasping for other types of power—power of …

2020-07-04: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Mark Regnerus on the church …

2020-06-27: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Vince Bacote @vbacote on …

2020-06-20: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Esau McCaulley on the Bible & …

2020-05-26: The sufferings we endure are not meaningless within the hands of God. As the Apostle Paul outlines …

2020-05-23: Here is latest “Weekend Wanderer” with “How to Cope with That ‘Always-On’ …

2020-05-21: In Memoriam: Ravi Zacharias - some thoughts on Ravi and an invitation to share your anecdotes and …

2020-05-19: It was a pleasure to join with Lawrence Aker III and Matt Woodley of Preaching Today to talk about …

2020-05-17: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with the death of missionary pilot …

2020-05-15: Dallas Willard’s advice, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life,” is …

2020-05-09: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with the UK Blessing, perspectives …

2020-05-08: Why Does God Seem Distant?: The Holy Pursuit of the Hidden God - This reminds us that God’s …

2020-05-05: Lamenting Our Losses - three vital parts of lament during the pandemic

2020-05-04: Does anyone have recommendations on the best way to learn Latin on one’s own? It’s …

2020-05-02: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with two articles on bodily life …

2020-04-30: “Joining Jesus in Prayer: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Praying the Psalms” - some wisdom from …

2020-04-28: In Psalm 131 the psalmist reminds us that when we enter into the presence of God through prayer, we …

2020-04-25: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Chris Palusky on at-risk …

2020-04-22: Going back in time to enjoy this song by Michael J. Pritzl and The Violet Burning: “Forty …

2020-04-21: “Spiritual Tourists or Pilgrims?: Eugene Peterson from A Long Obedience in the Same …

2020-04-20: In the midst of this strange time, I’m thoroughly enjoying the pair of bluebirds that are …

2020-04-18: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Tom Howard’s “When …

2020-04-13: I wrote a series of prayers to accompany a preaching series on the minor prophets and, after someone …

2020-04-11: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Travis Ryan Pickell on Holy …

2020-04-10: “The Wonderful Reversal - something I wrote as part of the @EastbrookChurch daily Lenten …

2020-04-07: “10 Reasons Holy Week Can Become More Powerful during the Time of the Virus”

2020-04-04: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with NT Wright on …

2020-04-03: As we prepare for Palm Sunday, here is Enrique Simonet’s painting, “Flevit super illam …

2020-04-02: James Weldon Johnson, “The Crucifixion,” as part of the Poetry for Lent series.

2020-03-30: “Learning to Respond to COVID-19 from Early Christians: Eusebius from his Ecclesiastical …

2020-03-28: Here is the latest “Weekend Wanderer” with NT Wright on COVID-19, the NAE & …

2020-03-26: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Peace”, though intensely personal, is still so …

2020-03-23: “Taking Shelter in God” Isaiah does not say, “Because you trust in God you will never …

2020-03-21: Here is the latest “Weekend Wanderer” with updates on COVID-19 from Harvard Medical …

2020-03-14: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with public health links for …

2020-03-07: “The Weekend Wanderer” for this week: Jamie Aten’s advice on preparing churches …

2020-02-29: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with shocking news of Jean …

2020-02-27: Beginning a weekly mini-series on my blog today “Poetry for Lent.” Today’s poem is …

2020-02-26: A solemn, realistic, and freeing reminder: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” …

2020-02-22: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with “Polyamory: …

2020-02-20: On this cold but sunny day in Milwaukee, I needed to remember that sunshine also brings warmth, soft …

2020-02-19: Okay, pastors and ministry leaders, along with guidance from Scripture are there any recommendations …

2020-02-15: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with NT Wright on loving knowledge, …

2020-02-13: One of the most difficult aspects of preaching is making a well-known text come alive again for …

2020-02-08: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Christian Wiman on cancer …

2020-02-03: This past weekend I preached a message on the prophet Amos that has been about 20 years in the …

2020-02-01: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Vince Bacote @vbacote on …

2020-01-30: Lac ‘Assal, one of the most striking places I have ever visited.

2020-01-29: Today in the life of a pastor: pastoral counseling, working on messages from Amos and Obadiah …

2020-01-27: One of my favorite photos of nature from a trip to the Horn of Africa a few weeks ago.

2020-01-18: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with a testimony amidst …

2020-01-16: Working my way through the minor prophets for a preaching series right now, and I am so amazed by …

2020-01-14: One of my great joys as a pastor is preaching the word of God. One of the greatest joys of my life …

2020-01-12: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Christians in Iran, in-depth …

2019-12-28: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Esau McCaulley on …

2019-12-26: “Sprouting Glory”: a Christmas reflection

2019-12-21: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Christianity Today calling for …

2019-12-19: A prayer for today: “My Altar to You.”

2019-12-17: One of the greateset challenges for me is practicing God’s presence when I feel busy or …

2019-12-15: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer with Tish Harrison Warren on Advent, …

2019-12-11: “An Angel at the Altar” - I wrote this after reflecting on Luke 1:5-25 as part of my …

2019-12-07: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Fleming Rutledge on …

2019-12-05: I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what it means to wait upon the Lord. It’s not an …

2019-12-03: Some thoughts on “Singing Our Faith in Advent”: “I realize we have been singing …

2019-11-26: Visiting a family from church at the hospital this morning, and then running into another family …

2019-11-23: One of my secrets to preaching well in our “Love-Sex-Body” series at @EastbrookChurch is …

2019-11-23: Here is the latest “Weekend Wanderer” with “A Tale of Two Churches,” Thomas …

2019-11-21: Over the past several weeks, as part of a preaching series on love, sexuality and the body, I …

2019-11-20: “The main task of ethics is to enable us to ask better questions about the issues of our day. …

2019-11-18: So @ayjay not sure if you’re still on here, but I was fascinated by your blog post about your …

2019-11-16: Here is this weekend’s edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Tish Harrison Warren …

2019-11-12: “Virtue is nothing other than perfect love of God” - St Augustine from On the Morals of the …

2019-11-11: The preaching that is most difficult tends to be the most rewarding, both in terms of the …

2019-11-09: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with an evangelical call for …

2019-11-06: I wrote this article at @PreachingToday for those trying to prepare sermons creatively for Advent: …

2019-11-02: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Kanye & Jesus, Mark Galli …

2019-10-26: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with the ongoing decline of …

2019-10-19: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Ethiopia’s Abiy …

2019-10-15: This morning our staff at @EastbrookChurch heard church leaders and international workers from …

2019-10-13: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with tensions at Syria/Turkey …

2019-10-08: Annie Dillard on Christian worship, mixing TNT on Sunday morning, and the need for crash helmets.

2019-10-05: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with conversation around …

2019-10-01: “Returning to Square One: Eugene Peterson on the Essence of Christian Spirituality” - …

2019-09-28: Textured beauty: an autumn sky hangs over a willow trunk fallen in water near the Wehr Nature Center …

2019-09-28: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Alan Jacobs on …

2019-09-24: Tim Keller’s categories of idolatry in Counterfeit Gods is a very helpful listing of the ways …

2019-09-24: Our second child just submitted all his college applications last night. It’s hard to believe …

2019-09-21: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Hart on Hell, Catholicism …

2019-09-19: Here are some reflections on pastoral ministry in conversation with John Chrysostom’s brief …

2019-09-18: “Solitude Brings Coherence”: When we are attentive to our inner voices and more intimate …

2019-09-17: John Chrysostom on Preaching to please God and not for human praise.

2019-09-15: When I first encountered this “Litany of Humility” attributed to Rafael Cardinal Merry …

2019-09-14: Here’s this weekend’s edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with the passing of …

2019-09-11: A lot of what I do is help people learn how to listen: to God, to Scripture, to others, to …

2019-09-07: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Father Chito from the …

2019-08-31: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with a majority-world …

2019-08-28: After re-reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, I am even more moved by it than before. The …

2019-08-27: There’s nothing quite like the oncoming sound of kids excitedly running out from the school …

2019-08-26: I feel like this tree could be a parable, like “If your roots are strong, you can hang in …

2019-08-23: "You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget" He pulled the boy closer. Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he …

2019-08-17: Here is “The Weekend Wanderer” with reflections by Michael Frost, Russell Moore, & …

2019-08-15: Spending time studying the prayers of St Paul in his epistles is such an interesting experience, …

2019-08-14: Question: does love require agreement or affirmation of another’s position?

2019-08-14: I re-worked some reflections from a few years ago on Abraham, birds, God, and spiritual conflict …

2019-08-10: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with the first woman General Secretary of …

2019-08-03: After a week away, “The Weekend Wanderer” is back with Joshua Harris’ loss of …

2019-08-02: The stunning Ouimet Canyon in Ontario.

2019-08-01: Every time I read Eugene Peterson, I reminded of how wise his insights are about pastoral ministry …

2019-08-01: “The well-established and much-verified fact is that following Jesus is not a consumer …

2019-08-01: Mist over Lake Superior in Grand Portage, Minnesota. Another photo from last week’s Lake …

2019-07-31: Back from vacation with too many beautiful photos from around Lake Superior to share.

2019-07-20: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Milliner’s field guide …

2019-07-18: The more I study Scripture, the more I am amazed at the depths found within it. There are depths …

2019-07-16: “Only that fellowship which faces disillusionment, with all its unhappy and ugly aspects, …

2019-07-15: Eugene Peterson in Practice Resurrection: “Christian maturity is not a matter of doing more …

2019-07-11: The type of growth Christ has in mind for His Church Thinking about these words today as I work on a message from Ephesians 4. >“The Church is …

2019-07-10: Another photo from last week at Fort Wilderness in northern Wisconsin. There’s just something …

2019-07-09: Evening sky before sunset and a rainfall on a quick trip to the Dells to visit our oldest son, …

2019-07-09: “We are God’s: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom and …

2019-07-08: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is now available with Jeremy Begbie’s …

2019-07-04: Finishing up a beautiful week here in the north woods of Wisconsin at Fort Wilderness, teaching …

2019-06-29: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Lincoln’s Bible, …

2019-06-20: As a former “worship leader” and now Senior Pastor, I think a lot about worship in …

2019-06-19: This summer I’m reading Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. The other day, I …

2019-06-18: Emanuel, Charleston, Forgiveness, and the Future - some reflections after viewing the documentary, …

2019-06-17: If you missed the most recent edition of “The Weekend Wanderer,” which I failed to share …

2019-06-08: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with controversy on Platt praying …

2019-06-06: Becoming De-occupied with Ourselves: Some stunning insights from Baron Friedrich von Hügel on the …

2019-06-06: I appreciate any prayer support you want to offer today as I work on two messages from Ephesians for …

2019-06-04: Reflecting a little bit today about how God’s good words about us—His blessings—take on even …

2019-06-02: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Wilken on religious freedom, …

2019-05-30: A Prayer for Ascension Day

2019-05-25: The range of blessing as a pastor: Friday, I celebrate with a couple as officiant for their wedding; …

2019-05-25: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with pressure on Christians in Iraq …

2019-05-23: These words from Josef Pieper captured my attention as I prepared messages on distraction & …

2019-05-23: I appreciate your prayer support as I work on messages for this weekend at @EastbrookChurch plus …

2019-05-20: When I arrived at work this morning at @EastbrookChurch, this full rainbow was over the office. I …

2019-05-20: Listening at Morning: a prayer poem.

2019-05-18: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with Olaudah Equiano, university …

2019-05-14: Retelling Scripture: Pär Lagerkvist’s Barabbas - a brief reflection on a book recommended by …

2019-05-13: Can anyone point me toward resources (e.g., books, articles, manuals) related to the topic of church …

2019-05-13: So great to sit with a group of pastors here in Milwaukee seeking to stand together across racial …

2019-05-11: Here is “The Weekend Wanderer” for May 11-12 with Asia Bibi, Jemar Tisby, 18 paintings …

2019-05-09: These humble words from St. Augustine as he comments on Paul’s teaching in 2 Thessalonians …

2019-05-09: Great to meet and hear from @austinkleon last night at @boswellbooks in Milwaukee. Here he is …

2019-05-08: From a hike two weeks ago on the Ice Age Trail near Lapham Peak in the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit.

2019-05-07: Neil Postman on form and the shaping of culture from Amusing Ourselves to Death.

2019-05-06: A little late, but you can access this past weekend’s edition of “The Weekend …

2019-05-01: I always enjoy participating with students at Eastbrook Academy for all school worship. Today I …

2019-04-27: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with Ajith Fernando on the Sri …

2019-04-25: If you haven’t read it yet, I would encourage you to take a look at “Six Biblical Responses to …

2019-04-25: I appreciate your prayer support as I work on messages for the next couple of weekends at …

2019-04-24: Happy to share my messages from Good Friday, “The Painful Gift of Forgiveness,” and …

2019-04-23: As Spring arrives here in Wisconsin, I begin looking forward to speaking at Fort Wilderness this …

2019-04-21: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with Wesley Hill on Jesus’ …

2019-04-18: I’m praying for a lot of ministry friends during one of our most active and joyful times of …

2019-04-13: Here is the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Iraqi Christians facing …

2019-04-11: I appreciate the way that Scot McKnight outlines the unfortunate way folks idealize Christian …

2019-04-09: Spending some time with this great book as I work on a sermon series for this summer at …

2019-04-09: “Peace: two poems” — one by George Herbert and the other by Gerard Manley Hopkins, each …

2019-04-06: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer”: remembering Evelyne …

2019-04-05: James Tissot, Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness.

2019-04-04: In Memoriam: Evelyne Reisacher.

2019-04-03: I just finished re-reading That Hideous Strength, the third novel of C S Lewis’ Space Trilogy. One …

2019-04-02: The hunger to know that is built into each of us is vital to living well and finding meaning and …

2019-03-30: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” with Hans Boersma on Scripture …

2019-03-29: I love this series of paintings by Ilya Rapin themed around the temptation of Jesus.

2019-03-27: What is your favorite book to recommend on the nature of pastoral ministry? It could be theological, …

2019-03-27: “Take heed to yourselves, lest you be void of that saving grace of God which you offer to …

2019-03-25: Re-reading C S Lewis’ That Hideous Strength this last month has reminded me of what an …

2019-03-24: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” includes a 1993 article on story by Robert …

2019-03-16: Here’s the latest edition of The Weekend Wanderer with a look at Iranian converts in England, …

2019-03-13: Pleased to write this article for Christianity Today’s Pastors imprint: “The Disturbing …

2019-03-12: “Accordingly, two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of …

2019-03-09: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer,” with what people are giving …

2019-03-06: “Understanding Ash Wednesday” - a short video pulled together by our team at …

2019-03-06: “Beginning with Hunger” - a reflection on hunger and desire as we begin the journey of …

2019-03-04: Looking forward to beginning our journey through #Lent as @EastbrookChurch with the “Hungry …

2019-03-03: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with Jemar Tisby on race-relations …

2019-02-28: It’s hard not to enjoy this Tiny Desk Concert by Ólafur Arnalds at NPR Music.

2019-02-27: I’m working on a preaching series related to the good neighbor, so a few questions for you. …

2019-02-26: I came across these words by W. H. Auden in his foreword to Dag Hammarskjöld’s Markings and thought …

2019-02-25: I love this prayer of St. Anselm, which is part of my Sunday blogging of historic prayers in the …

2019-02-21: “The point of everything in corporate worship is not personal experience, but building up the church …

2019-02-20: Attention “is the essential and necessary means of our growth in knowledge and of any progress …

2019-02-19: “In the same books I also read of the Word, God, that his birth came not from human stock, not …

2019-02-18: I’ve enjoyed preaching my way through various titles of Christ recently at @EastbrookChurch, …

2019-02-16: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with Jemar Tisby, Roger Olson on …

2019-02-14: I am so thankful to celebrate 21 years of marriage to my lovely wife, Kelly, today.

2019-02-13: I can never quite get over C. S. Lewis’ quote: “Joy is the serious business of …

2019-02-12: Snow day in Milwaukee means I am getting the chance to work my way through the first draft of the …

2019-02-09: The latest edition of the “Weekend Wanderer” is here with Muslim conversions to Christ …

2019-02-07: I appreciate your prayer support as I work on messages for @EastbrookChurch related to Jesus as the …

2019-02-07: I appreciate your prayer support as I work on messages for @EastbrookChurch related to Jesus as the …

2019-02-04: Unexpectedly, my message on Jesus as the Son of Man this past weekend at @EastbrookChurch was one of …

2019-02-02: Today’s edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with Asia Bibi’s court case, church bombings in …

2019-01-31: I’m so thankful for some real progress on various projects this morning. Just when I’m …

2019-01-28: Snow day in Milwaukee means that in-between roof raking and snow shoveling outside I can focus on …

2019-01-27: The latest edition of The Weekend Wanderer is here, featuring Jemar Tisby on MLK, Peter Choi on …

2019-01-19: The latest edition of The Weekend Wanderer is here with articles on religious persecution in China …

2019-01-17: Writing an essay on the eucharistic theology of Thomas Cranmer for a class I’m taking for fun …

2019-01-17: “Distracted and Divided from the Good Life” - the first in a series of thoughts related …

2019-01-12: Here’s the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer”. Enjoy news and essays on faith and culture with …

2019-01-11: There was that time I tried to use reverse psychology with college students on prayer and various …

2019-01-11: Going through a box of old sermon files that date back to my first days in vocational ministry. …

2019-01-10: This came right out of my journal from earlier in this past year (with slight revisions): …

2019-01-08: I resonated with this excerpt from Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the Heart on the gaps and …

2019-01-07: We had a wonderful time at the @EastbrookChurch Student Ministry Winter Retreat talking about the …

2019-01-05: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here. Enjoy articles on diverse …

2019-01-03: Pulling together concepts from Nicholas Carr, Alan Jacobs, Erling Kagge, Christopher Blum, Joshua …

2019-01-03: I appreciate your prayer support as I finalize four messages on living with undivided hearts in a …

2019-01-02: I’m working on a series of four messages for the @EastbrookChurch student ministry retreat …

2018-12-29: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with John Wesley on preaching, …

2018-12-26: My final blog post on Eugene Peterson’s outstanding book on pastoral ministry, Working the …

2018-12-24: Apocalyptic Christ: a poem.

2018-12-23: An Advent Prayer of St. Augustine of Hippo.

2018-12-23: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with Fleming Rutledge, #ChurchToo, pressure on …

2018-12-20: When studying yesterday I came across these powerful reflections by John Oswalt on Isaiah 9 related …

2018-12-20: I appreciate your prayer support today as I continue working on messages for this coming weekend of …

2018-12-18: In light of preaching from Daniel’s apocalyptic visions during Advent, I couldn’t agree …

2018-12-18: Wendell Berry on the wisdom of simplicity from The Hidden Wound.

2018-12-15: The December 15, 2019, edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with gospel music and …

2018-12-13: Eugene Peterson on spiritual direction in _Working the Angles_: Spiritual direction is the task of helping a person take seriously what is treated dismissively by …

2018-12-12: There are a lot of albums that I return to often, but one of the constants is Max Richter’s …

2018-12-12: I’m continuing my reflections on Eugene Peterson’s Working the Angles at my blog with …

2018-12-11: Josef Pieper: > The prerequisite for justice is truth. Whoever rejects the truth, whether natural …

2018-12-11: I spent a lot of time this past week thinking about imagination and its relation to faith. It …

2018-12-08: St. Bernard of Clairvaux: “if you prepare your interior ear … and keep your inner senses …

2018-12-08: For your weekend enjoyment, the latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with …

2018-12-06: I appreciate your prayer support as I work on message preparation for the next three weekends at …

2018-12-05: “The Pastor as Guide on the Spiritual Quest” - the eighth part of my reflections on …

2018-12-04: Ivan Illich on his footnotes as landmarks No one should be misled into taking my footnotes as either proof of, or invitation to, scholarship. …

2018-12-03: I loved preaching Daniel 8 at the beginning of Advent with my message “Faith Looking …

2018-12-02: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here, featuring Jo Saxton on narcissism, …

2018-12-02: “Finding Peace: Isaiah” - the first week’s Sunday reading for our Advent …

2018-11-30: Choosing Hell: W. H. Auden on Charles Williams’ view of Hell.

2018-11-29: I appreciate your prayer support today as I map out messages for the four weekends of Advent that …

2018-11-28: “Recovering Contemplative Exegesis” - the seventh part of my reflections on Eugene …

2018-11-27: On this #GivingTuesday join me in supporting the work of two outstanding efforts for the kingdom of …

2018-11-26: Thomas Oden on the authority of a true shepherd Thomas Oden on the authority of a true shepherd in Pastoral Theology: Essentials for Ministry, p. …

2018-11-26: For me, the only upside of being sick is the chance to read more than normal, including delving into …

2018-11-25: The latest edition of The Weekend Wanderer is here.

2018-11-21: “In reading, teaching, and preaching the Scriptures it happens: we cease to listen to the …

2018-11-20: Some reflections after spending time in the book of Daniel: “Faith and the Baptized …

2018-11-19: I’m more convinced than ever that we need trusted, ancient guides on what it means to be a pastor in …

2018-11-18: This weekend’s version of The Weekend Wanderer is available here with features on Ebola in …

2018-11-15: Spending time studying the book of Daniel is so much fun but also leaves my head swimming in ancient …

2018-11-15: Josef Pieper: authentic, perfected virtue, by dint of the very definition of the concept, bears the happily radiant seal of spontaneity, of freedom from constraint and of self-evident inclination... Josef Pieper The strain of self-mastery, which for us countrymen of Kant is inseparable from any …

2018-11-14: Conflict moment: what to do when our amazing Milwaukee County library system does not have a book …

2018-11-14: Spending some time with Thomas Oden this morning in preparation for a book discussion next week.

2018-11-14: Praying by the Book, in which I interact with Eugene Peterson’s call for pastors to recover …

2018-11-12: I enjoyed reading Kathleen Norris’ thoughts on apocalyptic literature in Amazing Grace the …

2018-11-10: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with faith and politics, unrest in …

2018-11-08: My favorite – and only – piano student.

2018-11-08: Judah Smith’s endeavor seems like the next logical move resulting from a radically …

2018-11-06: Pastors, if you haven’t seen this already, here is a great resource for your church from the …

2018-11-06: Recovering Prayer - my fourth reflection on Eugene Peterson’s Working the Angles: …

2018-11-05: Trying to finish my portion of the writing work on an Advent devotional for @EastbrookChurch today. …

2018-11-04: On Sundays at my blog, I’m beginning a new series of posts on meaningful prayers I’ve …

2018-11-04: The latest edition of The Weekend Wanderer is here, including Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life …

2018-11-01: All Saints’ Day: A Celebration - a brief reflection on the importance of All Saints’ Day, …

2018-10-31: “A good sermon is one side of a passionate conversation. It has to be heard in that …

2018-10-30: “The Holy Trigonometry of Pastoral Calling” - the third of my reflections on Eugene …

2018-10-29: Learning to Pay Attention - the second of my reflections on Eugene Peterson’s book, Working the …

2018-10-28: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with a look at Eugene Peterson, the …

2018-10-26: “Abandoning Our Pastoral Calling” - my first in a series of reflections on Eugene …

2018-10-26: Working the Angles with Eugene Peterson over a cup of coffee at @StoneCreekCoffe this morning on my …

2018-10-25: Last night’s full moon in Milwaukee over Lake Michigan.

2018-10-24: Some personal reflections: “Ten Ways Eugene Peterson Shaped My Pastoral Ministry.”

2018-10-23: It was a beautiful, autumn day at our annual @EastbrookChurch staff retreat hosted at @NashotahHouse

2018-10-22: In these tumultuous times, poetry reminds me that beauty still exists and can be found nearly …

2018-10-21: This week’s edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here with articles on Óscar …

2018-10-19: Parker Palmer on "Functional Atheism" “Functional atheism”: “the unconscious, unexamined conviction that if anything …

2018-10-18: Lesslie Newbigin on "the center of our missions" “The specific responsibility which has been given to the church and to nobody else is the …

2018-10-17: Reflecting this morning on what it means that the apostles were called to be witnesses (Acts 1:8) …

2018-10-14: The latest edition of “The Weekend Wanderer” is here. Enjoy this week’s collection …

2018-10-11: What Scripture verses do you think summarize the essence of the Christian life and/or the mission of …

2018-10-11: Organizing some thoughts for an Advent devotional and prayer project for @EastbrookChurch

2018-10-10: Kierkegaard's description of the ideal reader of his book, _Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing_ I love Kierkegaard’s description of the ideal reader of his book, Purity of Heart is to Will …

2018-10-10: Recovering our way: Thomas Oden on the Antinomian infection in North American Christianity.

2018-10-09: What are the best books, articles, or media resources you have on the biblical topic of fasting?

2018-10-07: Tom Oden on God's surprising choice to minister to humanity through the church “How odd that it is apparently not God’s purpose to minister day by day to the world by …

2018-10-07: The latest edition of The Weekend Wanderer is available. Stop in for articles at the intersection of …

2018-10-05: I love it when my “to-read” pile and my magazine subscriptions coincide. Looking forward to this …

2018-10-04: The ever-pertinent book of Daniel in our present moment. The more time I spend in the book of Daniel, the more I realize just how pertinent it is for us in …

2018-10-03: Exile faith and apocalyptic imagination that de-centers egocentric rulers As I worked through Daniel, ch. 3, this past weekend at @EastbrookChurch, I re-discovered the ways …

2018-10-01: Spending time reflecting on this book.

2018-09-29: The latest edition of my weekly curated selection of news, stories, resources, and media on the …

2018-09-27: While feeling a little “old school,” I cannot help but think that one of the things we …

2018-09-26: Then my children discover Herbie Hancock’s “Head Hunters” album on their own and …

2018-09-26: Five Themes of Resilient Ministry - in which I summarize the themes of this book with some of my own …

2018-09-25: Real Discipleship in a Consumer Church: Dallas Willard on the Renovation of the Church I am entering a period of deep reflection on what it means to be a pastor and what it means to be …

2018-09-20: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on disillusionment within the church “Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely …

2018-09-17: Each day as a pastor always involves multiple unexpected events, conversations, and crises. While I …

2018-09-15: The latest edition of the “Weekend Wanderer” is here. Meander your way through a …

2018-09-14: I’m thrilled to have my article, “Time to Live: Christian Formation through the …

2018-09-14: Busse Lake - Cook County Forest Preserve

2018-09-09: It’s not too late to enjoy this weekend’s edition of the “Weekend Wanderer,” …

2018-09-06: Trying to both critique typical cultural diversity initiatives while affirming God’s kingdom …

2018-09-05: While going through some photos I found this lovely pic from a trip I took to the West Bank about …

2018-09-04: Reggie Williams’ insights on Bonhoeffer’s theological shift as a result of his time in …

2018-09-01: The latest edition of the “Weekend Wanderer,” a weekly curated selection of news, …

2018-08-30: Reading Old Books: C. S. Lewis’ Introduction to Athanasius’ On the Incarnation “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you …

2018-08-29: I’m working with a couple of ministry residents this year in the area of preaching. Other than …

2018-08-28: Such a tremendous mix of emotions as I drop off my oldest son, Isaiah, for his freshman year at the …

2018-08-27: This is a great read from Reggie Williams bringing together so many threads within my ecclesial, …

2018-08-26: I know this line shared with me today after services was intended as a compliment, but it makes me …

2018-08-23: Spending the morning inside the book of Revelation is mind-bending in the most refreshing and …

2018-08-23: Working on sermon and writing projects in a wonderful environment at @StoneCreekCoffe on Downer this …

2018-08-19: Sunday afternoon downtime includes further reading in Richard Powers’ fascinating book “The …

2018-08-15: So wonderful spending time with our ministry interns and residents today at @EastbrookChurch …

2018-08-14: “The beauty of God is the cause of the being of all that is.” - St. Thomas Aquinas; inscription by …

2018-08-13: The more I study prayer this summer, the more I realize there is an incredible range of …

2018-08-07: “I can be active and pray; I can work and pray; but I cannot be busy and pray. I cannot be inwardly …

2018-08-07: I spent the entire day in back to back meetings, and I wondered to myself: is this what it means to …

2018-08-01: Looking forward to reading today’s arrival @ayjay

2018-07-31: St. James’s Park - London (photo credit: Kelly Erickson)

2018-07-28: Devils Lake - Baraboo, Wisconsin

2018-07-26: Vinyl on shelves at The Central Public Library - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2018-07-25: Hyde Park - London

2018-07-18: The Southbank Undercroft - London

2018-07-11: Sunset sky - Grand Rapids, Michigan

2018-07-09: One of my great loves: The Mississippi River - Port Byron, Illinois

2018-06-29: Spider Lake - McNaughton, Wisconsin

2018-06-25: Fort Wilderness - McNaughton, Wisconsin

2018-06-23: The London Eye - Lambeth, London

2018-06-21: Daunt Books - Marylebone, London

2018-06-21: Beginning the journey toward transitioning social media to micro blog format over the course of this …