On My Year as Presbytery Moderator


A week and a half ago I ended my one year term as Moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago by handing over the cross and gavel to Sonia Bodi. Serving as a presbytery moderator was a challenging and rewarding experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it. In no particular order, here […]

Extravagant Love

Banner by Vicky Curtiss

I preached this sermon on the first Sunday of Lent, February 22, 2015 at Fourth Presbyterian Church. I took the opportunity of this introduction to our sermon series, “We Were There,” to discuss some of my thoughts on how we experience the Bible in church. You can hear an audio recording of the sermon here: […]

God’s Big Picture

God's Big Picture

Adam Walker Cleaveland is curating a blog series on pastoral identity over at Pomomusings. Yesterday he published a post I wrote about my shifting sense of pastoral identity as I prepare to leave parish ministry for a four year stint as a seminary professor. Here’s how I begin: When Adam asked me to be a […]


Photo by Walt Stoneburner

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 […]

Wounded by the Church

Stuff Christian Culture Likes

Before yesterday I had only a peripheral awareness of the Stuff Christian Culture Likes page on Facebook. Every now and then someone would share one of their posts and it would show up in my feed, usually something snarky that pokes fun at evangelical Christian culture. I always thought it was pretty fun satire. But […]