These are primarily devotions written as Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Individual and Communal Faith

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Reading: Romans 8:1-17 Reflection A superficial reading of Paul’s polemics against the Law leads many Christians to simply dismiss the Law—and often, by extension, the entire Old Testament—as irrelevant. To be sure, Paul argues that freedom in Christ is superior to submission to the Law, but his overall take on the Law is much more […]

Jesus is Here to Party


Reading: John 2:1-12 Reflection In the classic film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, a profound discussion ensues about the nature of Jesus and how we picture him in our hearts and minds. The character of Cal Naughton Jr. adds this perspective to the conversation: “I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-shirt […]

Staying on the Hook

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Reading: Matthew 19:23-30 Reflection Don’t worry, Jesus isn’t talking about you. This was only directed toward some specific people a long time ago. And it’s all metaphorical anyway, so don’t even think about taking this literally. Jesus doesn’t want you to change anything about your priorities or how your use your resources. You’re doing just […]

Revolutionary Jesus


Reading: Matthew 15:1-20 Reflection In today’s reading we have two passages in which Jesus confronts the religious leaders and traditions of his day. In both cases he subverts the tradition with not so subtle challenges to the guardians of those traditions. It is good to be reminded that Jesus was a revolutionary. He was passionately […]

Secret Faith

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Reading: Matthew 6:1-8 Reflection There is a fine line between avoiding hypocrisy and retreating into an overly privatized practice of faith. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is warning his followers to avoid the pitfalls of the “hypocrites” who go to great lengths to make their expressions of faith known to […]