Category Archives: The World

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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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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5 Reasons why inner-city ministry is awesome

“That Church is so beautiful. If only it wasn’t in that neighborhood…” Someone says that comment to me on a regular basis these days. You see, I’m pastor of church in the inner-city. My Church is a beautiful cathedral of … Continue reading

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Strangers and Sojourners Before God

I am usually reluctant to write about theology and politics in the same post. Mostly because, as Oliver Cromwell put it: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken.” But I have … Continue reading

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Would the Theologians of the Cross Please Stand Up

It’s a good question… (credit to Paul McCain) Hang around some Lutherans enough and you will eventually here the phrase “theology of the cross” and it is always contrasted with a “theology of glory.” What does all that mean? Well … Continue reading

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A Grumpy Advent Part II

Last time we looked at Advent and why it is important to remember the season that is about waiting. Everything I said in the last post still holds true and I find Advent to be an incredibly important time. That … Continue reading

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The Embarrassment of Religion on Social Media

There are a lot of great things about Social Media.  I can see pictures of my cousins’ children before I am able to meet them.  I can celebrate with friends who have just experienced some joy in life, and I … Continue reading

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