Now that I've established some of my assumptions and interests, I'm beginning my "giving up church for Lent" journey wth Diana Butler Bass' new book, Grounded: Finding God in the World---A Spiritual Revolution. Bass' previous book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a … Read more about Tired of Being Insulted
For years I've written and revised statements of faith as part of the confirmation programs I've led. I posted my most recent version here. Now that I'm transferring my clergy membership from the Presbytery of Chicago to the Presbytery of the James, I have to submit a statement of faith and be … Read more about Expanded Statement of Faith
Tonight I am joining a group from Union Presbyterian Seminary to attend the Richmond stop of Rob Bell's new Everything is Spiritual tour. I'm excited because I've been a big fan of his writing and short films but I've never heard him speak in person. I'm also excited to experience Bell in my new … Read more about Rob Bell: Everything is Spiritual (2006)
I've never had "evangelism" in my job title before, and quite frankly I never thought that I would. Though most people never said anything out loud, when I told them about my new job I could see the curiosity in their eyes. Why would I leave a successful pastoral ministry at one of the most … Read more about Why Evangelism?
This is my final Fourth Church Daily Devotion, published today. Scripture Reading---Mark 1:14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God's good news, saying, "Now is the time! Here comes God's kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!" … Read more about The Good News I Have Preached
Like most (but not all) confirmation programs, each year we ask our youth to write statements of faith. Among youth workers and church leaders there is often much hand-wringing about whether or not this is a good practice. Even though it's not a perfect exercise---and lately I've been asking my … Read more about Statement of Faith
Last week on Earth Day I posed the following question on Facebook: who in the theological world is doing interesting and important work with the environment or ecology? I received several great responses, so I thought I would compile them here as a crowd-sourced bibliography. Are there others you … Read more about Theology for the Earth
I preached this sermon on Sunday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. It weaves together a couple of earlier blog posts and Tony Jones' new book Did God Kill Jesus? (I'll have more to say about Tony's book in an upcoming post.) The scripture reading was Luke … Read more about Was Jesus Born to Die?