God’s Kingdom is Like a Pumpkin Seed

Photo by @drmodz

Seth Godin speaks a wonderful parable in his post today: You can do two things with pumpkin seeds. Eat them, an excellent source of protein, or plant them, and watch a successful seed bring back 100 more. The farmer who plants the seeds aggressively, without regard for, “hey, be careful, I could have eaten that […]

Thank You

Cropped from a photo by Nate Grigg

Thank you for the overwhelming response I have received to my announcement yesterday. The expressions of support on Facebook and email have been heartwarming. The traffic on my blog has been staggering—yesterday was 50 to 65 times my normal views and it’s still going strong today. It’s a lot to process, but here are my […]

Why I Didn’t Do Tailgate Communion This Year

BBQ Blizzard Blues

With a poor play call and a fistfight, the football season ended last night. (Well, for those of us more interested in college football, the season ended on January 12.) This, combined with the blizzard that nixed any BBQ plans I might have had for the big game, reminded me of a blog post I […]

Tales of Two Cities


I preached this sermon at the assembly of the Presbytery of Chicago this past Saturday. Okay, before I say what I’m going to say, I want you to do something. We’re going to start this sermon with a bit of congregational participation, which I know makes most Presbyterians freak out. But here’s what I want […]

The Vine is Dying

Photo by Hans Kylberg

I’m growing increasingly frustrated and impatient with mainline Protestant churches like the one I serve, the Presbyterian Church (USA). At every level of our system, from congregations on up to General Assembly agencies, we keep missing the big picture. We measure our success by how well we manage and deploy an increasingly small pool of […]