Forfeiting Power


A few more thoughts on so-called “religious freedom” legislation, especially for my Christian sisters and brothers. I have heard it said in these past days that some Christians do not believe that their religious rights should be violated to protect the civil rights of others. Clearly, there are competing rights at stake in this debate. […]

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: […]