The final Republican debate of 2015 is on CNN tonight. The topics are national security and global terrorism. Considering the way the leading GOP candidates are vying for the votes of evangelicals, I would love for Wolf Blitzer to ask them some questions that connect their professed Christian faith … Read more about What Would Jesus Ask? #GOPDebate
This past Sunday the kindergarteners at Fourth Church received their first Bibles, a great children's version called The Lion Read and Know Bible. My son was pumped. He told me first thing that morning how excited he was---which bummed me out because I knew I'd have to miss it because of our youth … Read more about Learning to Read
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 … Read more about Extravagant Love
As I preach my final sermons at Fourth Presbyterian Church, I'm trying to resist the temptation to squeeze in everything I ever wanted to say here. But I'm not trying too hard. This past Sunday, Transfiguration Sunday, I preached this sermon about what makes a Bible story true. I didn't quote … Read more about A True Story
Following up on yesterday's post about the theme of exile at the NEXT Church National Gathering, here are some further thoughts about the biblical narratives we use to help us understand our situation and tell our stories. There are essentially three sweeping narratives in the Bible, all three of … Read more about Which Narrative Do We Choose?
I haven't publicly commented on the Phil Robertson controversy these past few weeks. I've never watched an episode of Duck Dynasty, so I don't have much context other than what I've seen in news reports. Honestly, I think the whole thing was a publicity stunt intended to stir up old culture war … Read more about BBQ Dynasty
Reading: Deuteronomy 6:16-25 Reflection Several years ago, when my wife and I were waiting to bring our firstborn son home from the hospital, I found myself holding him in my arms and anxiously pacing the floor, ready to get him home as soon as possible. During that precious time together, … Read more about A Sacred Responsibility
Reading: Acts 10:1-33 Reflection In college I was introduced to the historical and critical study of religion. As it applies to my own Christian faith, this approach has helped me realize that religion is never static. Rather, religion is always dynamic and changing. Such thinking would have … Read more about Change Happens