Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Did God Kill Jesus

When I was in high school, my favorite youth group leader was a man named Dave. I don’t recall him being an especially astute biblical scholar or a profound teacher. But he showed up every Sunday afternoon to play volleyball with us and his gift of time and attention meant the world to me. His […]

The Gospel is Political


Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11        Reflection Along with John Dominic Crossan, the late Marcus Borg pointed out the unmistakably political nature of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It was a mockery of the way Jerusalem’s Roman rulers would have entered the city, and by staging this elaborate demonstration Jesus was boldly proclaiming the emergence […]

The Peter Principle


I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. It is week three in our Lenten sermon series called “We Were There.” Each week we are exploring a different character from the drama of Jesus’ last days. Yesterday it was Peter and the scripture reading was Mark 14:27-42, 66-72. […]

Extravagant Love

Banner by Vicky Curtiss

I preached this sermon on the first Sunday of Lent, February 22, 2015 at Fourth Presbyterian Church. I took the opportunity of this introduction to our sermon series, “We Were There,” to discuss some of my thoughts on how we experience the Bible in church. You can hear an audio recording of the sermon here: […]

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, […]