NOLA: 8 Years Later

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What I Did on my “Summer Vacation”… Today was another anniversary. Eight years ago Hurricane Katrina struck landfall and wreaked havoc in New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast. Earlier this summer, I traveled with 34 youth and 9 adults from Fourth Church to New Orleans for a week of mission work, lending […]

Show Your Scars

This is my sermon from yesterday morning, which offers reflections on my recent trip to Northern Ireland and a developing agenda now that I am back in Chicago. Show Your Scars Genesis 32:22-32 August 14, 2011—9:30 and 11:00 Worship Fourth Presbyterian Church “Hello, Cleveland!” It is a rock star nightmare, to stand in front of […]

Bringing Reconciliation Home

Earlier this month, Doug Baker—the PC(USA) regional mission liaison for Ireland and the United Kingdom—asked me to participate in his plenary address at the World Mission Matters Conference at Big Tent. I first met Doug two summers ago when I led a youth mission trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where Doug lives and works. He […]

Holy Ground

God said to Moses, “Come no closer!  Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5) On the second day of the Justice Journey, we toured the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.  It has been built into the Lorraine Motel, the place where […]

Justice Journey Recap

I’ve been home from our senior high mission trip for just over a week now.  I had intended to write about this sooner, but I think I needed last week to decompress.  Now that I’m feeling more human, here it comes… First, I want to provide the basic contours of the trip.  We called it […]