We Do What Jesus Did

Photo by Chris Burke

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 experience in confirmation is a […]

What If We Were the Scriptures?

2 Corinthians 3.1-11

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 written with ink […]


"Caught in Turmoil of Illusion 'More is Less'" by Mario Castillo, in the Keepers exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

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 psalms are […]



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 […]

You Always Have a Choice


“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, […]