On Tony Jones and Progressive Youth Ministry


I first became aware of Tony Jones through his books and his blog, both of which have helped to shape my ministry and personal faith. I met Tony a few times at various conferences and events and had some online interactions with him. A few years ago I reached out to him about JoPa partnering […]

I Am Not Charlie, But I Am Jonah

Jonah Chartres

I didn’t preach yesterday, but Shannon Johnson Kershner’s fine sermon on Jonah inspired some thoughts that might have become a sermon had I been on tap to preach. With a lot of humor and wit Shannon reflected on the story of Jonah as an ancient satire. And while one of her points of reference for […]

Marcus Borg: Icon of Faith

Marcus Borg Icon

Several years ago, through the leadership of two church members with interests in sacred art, we introduced an “Icons of Faith” project into our confirmation curriculum. The idea is for every participant in the confirmation program—youth and adult leaders—to choose someone who represents a faithful life for them and create an icon out of their […]

On Loving Our Enemies

Love Your Enemies

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 […]

Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?

From the April 8, 1965 issue of Jet Magazine

I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The context is MLK weekend and the scripture reading was John 1:43-51. One time when I was in high school my family took a weekend trip to New Orleans and spent most of our time in the French Quarter. It […]