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 […]

Read More →

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; […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

How do you offer a healing prayer in a divided and wounded community? I got a first-hand experience this week at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel. Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw […]

Read More →

Post-9/11 generations are hungry for faith; without it, they are defenceless – and without a church that offers it to them, so are we. Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he […]

Read More →

Church growth is about more than filling a building with people – it’s developing the many assets that faith reveals in a community. Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ – Matthew 14:16 I serve as a Seminarian Associate for a church that is preparing to buy land for […]

Read More →

A rose that was saved from war helped the world to celebrate peace. Are we leaving peace behind as our gift to eternity in every moment? Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and […]

Read More →

Heart-stopping faith leaps may look like one-time miracles. Like a recent race car jumping stunt, though, deep faith takes rehearsal and teamwork. Christians call this discipleship. Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking […]

Read More →

Jesus appeared to his disciples many times after his resurrection – even in their everyday work. Are we missing God’s resurrection promises looking right at us today? Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that […]

Read More →

Where’s the fruit? When we feel overwhelmed, we can forget how to give generously, joyfully, and peacefully – but faith can restore us to fruitfulness. Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food…yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I […]

Read More →