A Lifelong Commitment to Metanoia

The First Presbyterian Church of Nebraska City has an amazing series of stained glass windows depicting scenes from the life of Christ. Greg Bolt took this picture of the baptism of Jesus for the cover of the worship bulletin.

I preached this sermon yesterday at the First Presbyterian Church of Nebraska City as the guest of my friend Greg Bolt. He and others had invited me to Nebraska to speak at an officer training event for Homestead Presbytery and I stayed an extra day to preach at Greg’s church. The text for the day, […]

God Is With Us

Christmas Eve 2014

I preached this sermon at the 6:00 PM Christmas Eve family service at Fourth Presbyterian Church last week. The primary text was the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:1-20, but this service also featured a mashup of selections from Psalm 139 and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Welcome once again to Fourth […]

Who Are You?

Photo by Beverley Goodwin

I preached this sermon yesterday, the third Sunday of Advent, at the afternoon jazz service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The scripture readings were Isaiah 61:1-3a; Luke 1:46b-55; John 1:6-8, 19-28. You can listen to an audio recording of it here: Who Are You (12.14.2014) I don’t know about you, but for me—more so than usual—it […]

It’s Already Here


I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The scripture text was Matthew 25:31-46. You can hear an audio recording of the sermon here: Its Already Here (11.23.2014) On the liturgical calendar—first developed through the centuries by the Roman Catholic Church and now also followed by many mainline […]

Confirmation Questions

Photo by Derek Bruff

Each year I begin our youth confirmation experience by asking our eighth grade students to write down the questions they have about God, faith, and the church. The questions they (and their adult leaders) come up with are always illuminating. Here are the questions our youth are asking this year, in no particular order but […]