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 … Read more about Show Your Scars

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 … Read more about Bringing Reconciliation Home

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 … Read more about Holy Ground

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 the Justice … Read more about Justice Journey Recap

Crashing into the Justice Journey

Our Justice Journey is beginning with a long drive south to Memphis.  During the first part of this week, we’ll be spending a lot of time on the bus, travelling across the south to key places in the history of the civil rights movement.  While we ride, we will play several videos to set the stage … Read more about Crashing into the Justice Journey

John Perkins Said It Right

"John Perkins said it right, Love is the final fight."  These lyrics from the Switchfoot song "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)" have introduced a whole new generation to civil rights icon John M. Perkins.  I was pleased to discover this song a couple of months ago, because my Senior High youth … Read more about John Perkins Said It Right