I preached this sermon on Sunday at the 4:00 jazz service at Fourth Church. It is a reflection on Jesus' baptism and the notion that changing one's heart and life is a more appropriate understanding of metanoia than the traditional connotations of repentance. It also suggests that what young people … Read more about We Do What Jesus Did
Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1-11 Are we starting to commend ourselves again? We don't need letters of introduction to you or from you like other people, do we? You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are Christ's letter, delivered by us. You weren't … Read more about What If We Were the Scriptures?
I experienced a wonderful synchronicity yesterday. It began with the video I made for our reading through the Bible project: I had never before noticed the "do not destroy" inscription before Psalm 57, 58, 59, and 75. It seems that most people think it is the title of a tune that these … Read more about Keepers
A year ago, I wrote a blog post about the use of "happy" instead of "blessed" in the Common English Bible. You can read that post here. Back then, I was still unsure about this new translation choice. But, over the course of a year, I think "happy" has grown on me. I think it is a more accessible … Read more about Happy
"Cain became very angry and looked resentful. The LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry, and why do you look so resentful? If you do the right thing, won't you be accepted? But if you don't do the right thing, sin will be waiting at the door ready to strike! It will entice you, but you must rule … Read more about You Always Have a Choice
My congregation, Fourth Presbyterian Church, is reading through the Bible in 2012. I'm thrilled that we are using the Common English Bible. The reading plan is not too demanding---3 chapter each day---and the CEB will make it even better. You can read about Fourth Church's endeavor here: Reading … Read more about Read the Bible in 2012
Of the passages I've read in the Common English Bible, I have been most captivated by the translation of Jesus' first public words in Mark 1:14-15. Jesus came into Galilee announcing God's good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this … Read more about Now is the Time!
Janet Reed, a member of Fourth Church and a reader of my blog, suggested an interesting contrast earlier this week: while the Roman Catholic Church is getting a lot of press for changing the English translation of the Mass to better adhere to the original Latin, the ecumenical Common English Bible … Read more about The Language We Use