Talk with the Preacher

Transformed by the Spirit 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Today we continue in the season after Pentecost, the weeks following the birthday of the church, thinking about the work of God’s Spirit, that lively...

It’s the first anniversary of my work as pastor at my church. To mark the occasion, I think it’s only appropriate to write a bit about — change. I think it...

Adopted by the Spirit Romans 8:12-17 I was thinking on the subway the other day . . . you could just disappear in this city.  So many people, everything is so...

Visited by the Spirit Acts 2:1-21 I have always had a high regard for someone who can tell a really great story. You know, like a novelist who can use the...

Yesterday when I pronounced the benediction at the end of worship, I told the congregation to gather all the courage they could muster, turn from the work of worship, and go...

What we’ve done tonight as we’ve listened to Rev. Janka read the gospel text from Mark’s gospel is, in effect, peered into the dynamics of a family dinner. You know those,...

I had the great pleasure of spending a few days last week at the New Baptist Covenant meeting in Atlanta. We gathered to talk about congregations making covenants with each other,...

The following are remarks I shared at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service at The Riverside Church on January 18, 2015.  As you will see, Dr. King had a strong...

As the days have passed since the verdicts in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases and, as Charles Blow so eloquently describes, “the jagged slope of truth replaces the soft...

Last Sunday we began a three week series of conversations about race and reconciliation called: Advent of Hope.  Together we talked about our feelings of lament, learned about the Psalms of...