I Am Not Charlie, But I Am Jonah

Jonah Chartres

I didn’t preach yesterday, but Shannon Johnson Kershner’s fine sermon on Jonah inspired some thoughts that might have become a sermon had I been on tap to preach. With a lot of humor and wit Shannon reflected on the story of Jonah as an ancient satire. And while one of her points of reference for […]

Marcus Borg: Icon of Faith

Marcus Borg Icon

Several years ago, through the leadership of two church members with interests in sacred art, we introduced an “Icons of Faith” project into our confirmation curriculum. The idea is for every participant in the confirmation program—youth and adult leaders—to choose someone who represents a faithful life for them and create an icon out of their […]

On Loving Our Enemies

Love Your Enemies

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:43-48 Reflection The first time I traveled to Cuba was about six weeks after September 11, 2001. The events of that fateful day were still very fresh in our hearts and minds, and our nerves were still quite raw. We were just beginning to figure out what it means to live in […]

Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

From the April 8, 1965 issue of Jet Magazine

I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The context is MLK weekend and the scripture reading was John 1:43-51. One time when I was in high school my family took a weekend trip to New Orleans and spent most of our time in the French Quarter. It […]

A Lifelong Commitment to Metanoia

The First Presbyterian Church of Nebraska City has an amazing series of stained glass windows depicting scenes from the life of Christ. Greg Bolt took this picture of the baptism of Jesus for the cover of the worship bulletin.

I preached this sermon yesterday at the First Presbyterian Church of Nebraska City as the guest of my friend Greg Bolt. He and others had invited me to Nebraska to speak at an officer training event for Homestead Presbytery and I stayed an extra day to preach at Greg’s church. The text for the day, […]