#CCLent17 begins March 1st (Pass the word!)

March 1st begins the 40 day journey of Lent. (40 days + Sundays leading to Easter). This year, I will be offering brief devotional readings Monday through Saturday throughout the season. We’re calling it #CCLent17. Each day will include… : a Scripture : a response : a sentence prayer for the day : an art piece. This blog is home for […]

Jonah and the Surprising Grace of God

Jonah is a parable-like story referenced by Jesus to dramatically illustrate the Gospel. You can read this “minor prophet” in 10 minutes, but it challenges us to do the hard work of living the Good News everyday with everyone we meet, especially those (who perhaps like ourselves) seem unlikely to respond to the gift of grace. […]

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Theological Remix!

At our Christmas Eve services this year, we shared the wonderful poem/carol by Cheryl Lavornia. She captures the familiar cadence of a cultural classic but re-forms it into a beautiful re-telling of the Greatest Story Ever Told!  Enjoy! Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the manger, Not a creature was stirring, not even the […]

How do you cultivate JOY?

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Being a joyless Christian is a contradiction in terms! Yet we all go through drought or letting people and things “rob” our joy.  My short definition of joy is Gladness in God!  Jesus offers a joy that no one can take from us! (John 15:7-11) For the third Sunday in […]

The Bible in a Word – an essay on ‘Flourishing’

Yesterday, on the final day of my Biblical Thought class for the semester, I read this brief essay and then gave it to them along with suggestions for further study. I said,  “Here’s another way to describe what I long for all of you and myself as we’ve explored the drama of Scripture. It centers around the […]

Live with the End in Mind – reading the Bible’s last book

The week before I was scheduled to preach on the book of Revelation in our 40 day blitz through the New Testament, Neil our Executive Pastor quipped that I’d be answering everyone’s questions about the Apocalypse in one sermon. I didn’t! Rather, I took one core idea behind what the Biblical authors wrote about the […]

“Mark My Word!” (Jesus)

Matthew’s Gospel is filled with the challenge and promise of taking Jesus’ word seriously! To live as if Christ has inaugurated the Kingdom on earth (because he HAS!). In this sermon, we looked at one of the many radical sayings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. He calls us to be “Unoffendable!” (to borrow […]

You Need a ‘Sabbath!’

Christ Church hosts The Center for Faith at Work monthly dinner meetings. In October we explored how the biblical Sabbath can and must be applied to our work lives in order to truly flourish. I’ve summarized the Sabbath and the Workplace presentation and offer it here so you can access the practical content we experienced last […]

Worship and the Arts -or- “Beauty will save the world”

The God we worship glories in beauty! And how we live and worship should rightly reflect this. I recently had the joy of preaching on Worship and the Arts (linked here). In it I reference several important Biblical texts and statements on the importance of Beauty. Many of these are contained in the following essay […]