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

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 […]

What to Do with Biblical Genocide?

Nyamata Genocide Memorial, Rwanda

Scripture Reading: Exodus 15:1-18     Reflection This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which began in April of 1994. It has been estimated that as many as one million people were killed in this mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu by members of the Hutu majority in the midst of the Rwandan […]

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

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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 […]