Love: The Root of All Evil

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I was invited to preach at Portland First Christian Church on Sunday, March 8th. The biblical text was from Mark 11:15-19 in which Jesus cleanses the temple by driving out the moneychangers during passover from Herod’s temple. Read the manuscript (somewhat different than the actual spoken version) below. To listen to an audio version of the [Read More...]

Kierkegaard: What is a Poet?

Recently I wrote an article about preachers and the risks of false prophecy we face in the pulpit. One might assume in my challenge of a preacher’s inclination to focus only on “saying beautiful things” and sharing those ideas that would prove popular with their congregation that I am advocating for a brooding, unpleasant tone [Read More...]

Boat Builders or Jesus Followers? (Video)

First of two keynotes I offered at the Upper Midwest DOC Region’s School for Congregational Learning in Des Moines, Iowa in August, 2011. The title of the message is “Boat Builders or Jesus Followers?” [Read more...]

Authentic Worship (sermon) by Jose Morales

Our Transitional Regional Minister, Jose Morales Jr., offered the message last Sunday at Milagro, our church. It was titled “Authentic Worship” and Amy Piatt, co-founder of the church, pastor and also my wife, introduces him. Though I’d share. [Read more...]


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