When I was back in high school I saw a movie called “A River Runs Through It”. If you’ve seen it you know it’s about two brothers who live in Montana in the 1920’a and the story of their family. … Continue reading Learning to Fish: Sermon for January 21, 2018
You’ve listened to enough of my sermons by now to know the general way I preach. I usually start with a story, and then I talk about the Scripture, and then I tie it back to the first story, and … Continue reading When Walking on Water isn’t the Goal: Sermon for August 13, 2017
Luke 12:32-40 12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure … Continue reading Heart, Treasure, and Procrastination: Sermon for August 7, 2016
It seems like every week I hear someone in the wider church say, “You know, the church is more than the building.” This is often said in a rather condescending tone, with the sense that the speaker is delivering some … Continue reading In Defense of the Building: A Case for Not Selling Your Church Property Just Yet
This past year I’ve been reading a lot of books that I was supposed to read earlier in life. I was a big reader growing up, but of course you can’t read everything. And so, I went back and tried … Continue reading Crossing the Road from Safety: Sermon for July 10, 2016
The following was originally preached as a sermon at the Congregational Church in Exeter on July 3, 2016. I’ve talked before about how much I love genealogy. I also really love American history, and for me researching my family tree … Continue reading Marching Orders: Where Citizenship Meets Discipleship
1) Running churches and denominations like businesses. I’ve been told that if I really want to be a highly-sought after pastor I need to get an MBA. First, I’m very happy right where I am. Second, even if I happened … Continue reading Five Things Mainline Christians Need to Stop Doing
Just released by Pilgrim Press, the group reading guide makes it possible for church reading groups, Christian education classes, and other small groups to better use Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity. To know more why your church should be … Continue reading The “Glorify” Group Reading Guide Is Here!
I’ve been eagerly anticipating this week ever since I hit “send” on the final manuscript last fall. This week Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity is being released by Pilgrim Press. Pre-orders have already been great. Thank you to everyone … Continue reading “Glorify” Update: The Book Launches This Week!
I love the United Church of Christ. I do. After growing up a “spiritual but not religious” “none” at the tail end of Generation X, I found my way into Christ’s church at the age of 17 and was baptized. … Continue reading On Throwing the Baby Jesus Out with the Bath Water