Talk with the Preacher

Losing My Religion:  The Sound of Silence Job 1:1; 2:1-10 I had just graduated from seminary, newly minted diploma in hand, off the save the world.  Then, unexpectedly someone very dear...

One Way or Another Psalm 1 Happy Homecoming, Riverside Church! It’s such a pleasure to watch the parade of banners and your beautiful faces filling the pews this morning, to hear...

Wake Up Call for the World Mark 8:27-38 I never can read today’s passage from Mark’s gospel without memories of childhood road trips instantly springing to mind. I can still see...

I recently returned from a week at Preacher Camp. There are many things to recommend about the experience of retreating with excellent colleagues to plan preaching, and I’ve often written about...

You Can’t Be Serious Disciples of Christ National Convention July 20, 2015 Isaiah 40:6-8 Good evening, Disciples! It’s wonderful to be here with you all, to catch up with so many...

The Hardest Question Mark 4:35-41 Anybody who has spent any amount of time around an inquisitive five year old will know that kids ask the funniest questions to try to figure...

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...

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...

It Starts Now Acts 1:1-11 Ascension Sunday Well, here we are, on the seventh Sunday of Easter, thinking about what it means to build a church.  We’d expected that Diana Butler...