Category Archives: The Word

Mercy for the in-between – a sermon on Ferguson and Thanksgiving

Author’s note: I don’t usually post my sermons on this blog, mostly because I don’t write anything down when I preach, but if you are interested in what an inner-city pastor preaches on Thanksgiving (with Ferguson in the headlines) then … Continue reading

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Four beliefs about ministry that I got completely wrong

Here is a revelation about me: I’m frequently wrong. And I don’t mean every day, run of the mill mistakes either (although that certainly happens too). I mean mistakes on the scale of Greedo thinking it was a good idea … Continue reading

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All I have – Matthew 25:1-13

I have a confession to make: I have sincerely prayed “Amen! Come Lord Jesus.”¬†And I don’t mean “come Lord Jesus” in a “I hope I have a meaningful communion experience” way or “I hope I meet Jesus in the face … Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the ugly: the weekly roundup

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of the greatest westerns ever made and also one of my favorite movies. It also makes for a convenient structure for talking about what I’ve been reading and learning this week. … Continue reading

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Embracing the wilderness

I am going to dance for joy when everyone stops panicking and mourning over the death of Christendom. Not because I think Christendom was some great evil that needed to be killed as fast as possible (actually, I think there … Continue reading

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John 2:1-11 – Getting Started

Someone asked me recently why the wedding at Cana story was placed in John (and really, why it was in the Bible at all)? It is a really good question because here we have this story that doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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