I’m Not a Priest, Except When I Am

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This year and next, Fourth Presbyterian Church is blessed to have Layton Williams serving as our Pastoral Resident. She is already a gifted pastor and I love her blog. One of the cool things she is doing this year is gathering our clergy staff together once a month to have an open discussion about various […]

Who Are You?

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I preached this sermon yesterday, the third Sunday of Advent, at the afternoon jazz service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The scripture readings were Isaiah 61:1-3a; Luke 1:46b-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28. You can listen to an audio recording of it here: Who Are You (12.14.2014) I don’t know about you, but for me—more so than usual—it […]

I Can’t Live Without Hope

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Yesterday Anthony Smith, who blogs at postmodernnegro.com, published a guest post on Tony Jones’ blog reflecting on Ferguson. Building on a notion from Jacques Derrida, he wondered if racial justice in America is a possibility—only a possibility that will never be realized. This is too depressing for me. I’m too much of a classical liberal […]

Thinking about Ferguson

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The grand jury decision on Monday to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown has been hard for me to process. Since this blog is a place for me to think out loud, here’s a bit of what I’m thinking and feeling. I’ve never had a job that authorizes […]

It’s Already Here

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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 […]