Worship Attendance as Countercultural

How often do we hear the pastor congratulate us on Sunday morning for being in church and participating in worship? In this sermon, I try and walk us through how this psalm explicitly defines God’s character and how it can make a difference in our lives by participating in the countercultural activity of attending worship eachContinue reading “Worship Attendance as Countercultural”

Don’t Look Back Webinar Series

Over the next couple weeks, and beginning tonight at 7pm EST, I’ll be joining my friends at Crackers&Grape Juice for a three-part conversation on my book “Don’t Look Back: Methodist Hope for What Comes Next.” My hope for these conversations and for the book is that they are constructive, moving-forward talks in a time whereContinue reading “Don’t Look Back Webinar Series”

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

Luke 14:25-33 is, well, a daunting passage. We encounter Jesus’ searing words about hating family–even our own lives. Some might read this as too much of a cross to bear, but perhaps we can read this as “a gracious invitation to count the cost…to sign up for discipleship, to take up the cross and followContinue reading “The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C”

Listeners Dare on Crackers & Grape Juice

“The gospel is news that passes from the lips of one who has heard to the ears of one who has not yet heard, then (God willing) it burrows in the soul, energizing the hands in daring response to a word received. Preaching is instigated by an astounding claim: Good news; God has spoken toContinue reading “Listeners Dare on Crackers & Grape Juice”