Lent 6A, Palm Sunday: John 19:12-19 – Powerful / Not-Powerful

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin c. 1842

Here’s a transcript of my sermon from last week (Palm Sunday). If you are a pastor please feel free to cut & paste everything. I got much of the historical stuff from commentaries, especially Ken Bailey’s work on Jesus, and from talks by John Ortberg & Rob Bell.     2014.04.15 – Lent 06 John [Read More...]

Forgiveness: Maybe We Should Let Women Run the World For Awhile

I sometimes think that if women ran the world, it would be a very different place – a better place even. When I watch this video, I start to believe it more deeply. To be a human being in the world is to be vulnerable. To be vulnerable is to be hurt… sometimes deeply hurt. [Read More...]

Lenten Question of the Week: What Distractions/Addictions are Keeping You From God?

Lenten Question of the Week: What distractions or addictions are keeping you apart from God, love, and abundant life? It’s an interesting question. Richard Rohr teaches that 95%+ of human thought is repetitive and useless. If he’s right then the answer to that question is: me. I am the distraction, the addiction that keeps me from [Read More...]

You Have to Learn How To Die If You Want to Be Alive

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25 This song is one of my all time favorite versions of  Jesus’s straight up command that we have to lose to win, we have to die to live. What makes it so powerful [Read More...]

They Will Know We are Christians By Our… Guns?

I just waded through 10 minutes of Christian hate on Facebook and had to shut it down for the day. We are so jacked up. Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it [Read More...]

Incarnation: The Scandal of Particularity

As an evangelical Christian I am a part of a people who have emphasized the crucifixion above everything else, even sometimes eclipsing resurrection. Incarnation (the birth of Jesus), comes in third in terms of emphasis and the teachings of Jesus brings up the rear in a distant fourth. This has been our hierarchy of emphasis [Read More...]


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