It’s Already Here


I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The scripture text was Matthew 25:31-46. You can hear an audio recording of the sermon here: Its Already Here (11.23.2014) On the liturgical calendar—first developed through the centuries by the Roman Catholic Church and now also followed by many mainline […]

Tales of Two Cities


I preached this sermon at the assembly of the Presbytery of Chicago this past Saturday. Okay, before I say what I’m going to say, I want you to do something. We’re going to start this sermon with a bit of congregational participation, which I know makes most Presbyterians freak out. But here’s what I want […]

The Peter Principle at Church


For a while now I’ve been wanting to make periodic posts that take Seth Godin’s brilliant daily posts on business and marketing and apply them to my world in the church, under the tag “Seth Goes to Church.” Here goes. I may go back and do this for some of my favorite posts that I’ve […]

Reflecting on a Holy Contradiction


As I’ve written about before, when it comes to matters of war I treasure the wisdom and experience of those who have served in the armed forces, especially those who have gone on to become pastors. On this Veterans Day I offer this post in this spirit of learning from others. Last week my friend […]

Contemplative Youth Ministry: God is Not an Idea

"Find the Idea" by Khalid Albaih

As I have been studying contemplative prayer for my own spiritual development, I have been experimenting with incorporating contemplative practices into my work with youth and in worship services. In a worship service for our youth and in our afternoon jazz service I used a version of the examen in place of a traditional prayer […]