Ten Questions to Ask When Seeking Sermon Feedback

This post was reposted from my column on www.WorkingPreacher.com. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of preaching at the congregation where my family and I currently worship. Unlike when I guest preach in other locations, where I can pose big-picture questions and take on general church issues, this church is one where I know the context and [Read More…]

The Faithful Way to Sing to God? Mine.

On more than one occasion I have heard praise music called “7/11 music,” the same seven words sung eleven times. Because I tend to run in mainline church circles, this commentary is often served with a hearty serving of condescension and a generous side of superiority. After all, all that silly “praise” music is theologically [Read More…]

On this September 11th – a Hymn and a Prayer

It is hard to believe that is has been 11 years since that surreal morning when the world’s attention was focused on the attack on the United States. Watching the looping images of planes flying into the World Trade Center, the attempts at trying to understand what was happening and the subsequent turmoil that as arguably altered the [Read More…]

A Prayer of Confession for Political People of Faith

[Photo by Amarand Agasi] The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of reactions and emotions for those who are invested in the conversations about immigration and immigration reform in the United States. Personally, I was very excited about President Obama’s Executive Order halting the deportation of undocumented young people who arrived as children. Likewise, [Read More…]

Worship and Liturgy Around Death Due to Domestic Violence

One of the reasons that I choose to be part of a Christian larger denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), is because I can lean into a much larger scope of work and ministry than I would ever be able to accomplish on my own or as part of a single congregation. I realize that this [Read More…]

Shamaine Chambers King, Candidate for Vice-Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

In an attempt to help folks get to know the candidates for Moderator of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), I have asked the Moderatorial and Vice-Moderatorial Candidates a few questions. You can find links to all of their responses HERE and you can follow most of the candidates on Twitter HERE. Thanks for taking [Read More…]

Bruce’s Charge and Benediction

Many of you have NEVER heard me us this benediction in the context of my day-to-day worship leading, but at some events I have been known to get my old-school liturgical groove on  For some worship services, the service is ended with the preacher giving what’s known as the the Charge and Benediction.  I use [Read More…]