An Invitation to the Table

I preached this Maundy Thursday sermon at the noontime worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church today. The scripture readings were Luke 22:14-19 and John 13:3-17. As we gather today to remember Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, the meal which is the origin of our central Christian … Read more about An Invitation to the Table

Planning Communion with Youth

This past Sunday was "Youth Sunday" at Fourth Church. Our eighth grade confirmation class planned the liturgy and led the 11:00 service and our high school students led the 9:30 service. While the confirmation class has long planned and led a worship service at Fourth, this is only the second year … Read more about Planning Communion with Youth

Gathering Together at the Table

At the beginning of October, the PC(USA) Middle Governing Bodies Commission will reconvene in Indianapolis. At this meeting we will finally engage each other about some of the more controversial aspects of our work. One of the issues that is looming for us—and being talked about throughout the … Read more about Gathering Together at the Table

Christ Encounters of the Third Kind

I preached this sermon on Sunday at our 4:00 jazz service. The text is Luke 24:13-35. This has become one of my favorite stories in the entire Bible. On the one hand, it evokes a really nice memory for me of a church camp my high school youth group back in Florida would retreat to. It was right on … Read more about Christ Encounters of the Third Kind

A Great Thanksgiving

There are so many things to be thankful for on this day. I'm thankful to be writing this on a deck overlooking the most beautiful beach I know, with my 23 month old son running around me soaking it all in.  I'm thankful for my loving wife and the important work she is doing right now (even when it … Read more about A Great Thanksgiving