Extravagant Love

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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: […]

A True Story


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 Marcus Borg, but his […]

Which Narrative Do We Choose?

"Signs of Life" by Christie

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 which are variations of the same […]

BBQ Dynasty


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 conflicts. Based on […]

A Sacred Responsibility

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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, without really thinking about it, […]