Good Friday challenges us to consider how to bring Jesus’ experience on the cross into our own lives – by going through the cross with Jesus. “It is finished.” ~ John 19:30 A few years ago, I was on a spiritual retreat, and found some time in the retreat center’s chapel to meditate on the […]

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In the push for church activism, are we focusing on how to image God’s process of loving and lasting changes in our own congregations and communities? There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ […]

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servant leader

David was the least likely choice to be anointed by God for faithful servant leadership, but out of the muck God selects servants who lead us like God does. A tale of one sermon in two places. Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he […]

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Two weeks of spring break – what does a seminarian do? Catch up on sleep, prayer, reflection, paper research, and mission work. In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. ~ Mark 1:35 Spring break – it is a time […]

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Liturgy

Is any one form of worship liturgy better for reaching God? The apostle Paul suggested that an open heart has the answer. Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. ~ Romans 3:27 Today was my last midterm exam for the […]

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God gives us perfect mountaintop moments of faith through grace, not to stay on the mountain, but to be perfected for the valleys below. Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the […]

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Sometimes you find topics for sermons: often, the topics find you. A couple of weeks ago, the topic of transgender sexuality came knocking at my door, and I had to answer it. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:48  Sadly, the child of a good friend of mine committed suicide recently; […]

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communion table at marquand chapel, yale divinity school

The Beatitudes from Jesus’ sermon on the mount have inspired countless people through the ages. But they are more than just inspiring words – they are a roadmap to a fulfilling life in faith. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3 I am back to classes […]

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Christmas in a manger

Do you really understand what I went through that first Christmas two thousand years ago – and why it matters to you today? But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. ~ Luke 2:19 Yes, you people from two thousand years after my son’s birth, that first Christmas day was something […]

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the king of kings, the crown of a manger

Jesus was born naked, vulnerable, and yet crowned with the power of heaven and earth.. Are we ready to have Jesus crown us with faith this Christmas? “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will […]

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