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

The Gospel is Political

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Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11        Reflection Along with John Dominic Crossan, the late Marcus Borg pointed out the unmistakably political nature of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It was a mockery of the way Jerusalem’s Roman rulers would have entered the city, and by staging this elaborate demonstration Jesus was boldly proclaiming the emergence […]

Choices

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Scripture Reading: Mark 1:40-45 Reflection Choices. It is interesting that the leper frames his request to Jesus for healing with “If you choose . . .” It is equally interesting that Jesus acknowledges and honors this way of asking by responding, “I do choose.” I think this primed me to notice that there is another […]

On Loving Our Enemies

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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 […]

Go Big or Go Home?

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As a way to introduce our congregation to the new Glory to God Presbyterian hymnal, the Daily Devotions at Fourth Presbyterian Church are currently based on hymn lyrics. I wrote the following devotion based on a stanza of George Croly’s “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart.” I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies, no […]

When North and South Meet

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As a way to introduce our congregation to the new Glory to God Presbyterian hymnal, the Daily Devotions at Fourth Presbyterian Church are currently based on hymn lyrics. I wrote the following devotion, based on John Oxeham’s “In Christ There Is No East or West”, before our high school mission trip to Haiti. I’m pleased […]