In the Midst of Fear, Hold America in the Light

This election has stretched on – like a long, sweaty, sleepless night. It’s hard to believe that daybreak is finally about to arrive. Votes will be counted. Winners will be declared. And millions of us will be struck by the terror of loss. Our nation is in a media-induced panic. It’s growing stronger every day, …

When Everything Goes Wrong (It’s OK to Fail Sometimes)

There’s a really popular school of thought these days, which says that failure is the key to success. This ideology has been popularized by tech culture, which has experienced the power of computerized iteration, applying this principle to both business and personal life. Their logic says, “you can’t succeed without daring to experiment, and experiments …

As the Election Looms – God, Be Merciful to Us

This is a sermon that I preached this Sunday (10/23/16), at the Washington City Church of the Brethren. The scripture readings for this sermon were: Luke 18:9-14 and Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22. You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (FYI, the spoken sermon is significantly different from the written text.) …

This Wall Is Coming Down. Which Side Are You On?

This Wall Is Coming Down. Which Side Are You On?

This is a sermon that I preached at the Friends of Jesus Fellowship Fall Gathering on 10/9/2016, near Washington, DC. The scripture readings for this sermon were: John 16:29-33 and Zechariah 4:6 You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (FYI, the spoken sermon is significantly different from the written text.) Listen …

Shake Off the Deadness and Embrace the Challenge

Do you remember? Back then the Spirit was present with us. We felt sure that God was guiding us somewhere new, faithful, full of life. We held gatherings at churches, colleges, seminaries. We met in homes and on the street. We felt sure that revival was imminent. Christ was doing a new thing in our time …

Confronting My Inner Scrooge McDuck

Confronting My Inner Scrooge McDuck

This is a sermon that I preached this Sunday (9/25/16), at the Washington City Church of the Brethren. The scripture readings for this sermon were: 1 Timothy 6:6-19 and Luke 16:19-31. You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (FYI, the spoken sermon is significantly different from the written text.) Listen …