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That Lent is a discrete season of the church year is a blessing and a curse. I am grateful for this time set aside in the rhythm of church life for focused reflection on spiritual matters. In the same way that I need structure and accountability to maintain disciplines like exercise and healthy eating—both of […]

The Spirituality of Failure

There are two things I have learned about myself over the years: I tend to take on too many things at one time. I’m bad at saying “no” and my varied interests take me in several different directions at once. I am an all or nothing kind of guy. Two weeks after Ash Wednesday, I […]

Letting Go

A sermon on Mark 10:17-31 for the First Sunday of Lent at the Jazz at 4:00 service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The scripture and sermon were preceded by a stunning jazz rendition of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For“. From time to time, as a pastor, I’ll hear something like this: “I’ve […]