I did this interview with my friend Ben Rey last spring about worship at Gordon College.
I spoke in chapel at Gordon College today. You can watch the message above.
A few weeks ago I got to give the message in Gordon College’s chapel service. It’s called “A Covenant of Salt” and hits on a theme which I’ve been greatly interested in for the last couple years: God’s presence in liminal times.
Disclosure of Material Connection: One time when we were in college, hanging out outside Caribou Coffee, I put my hand on Steve’s forehead and started to fake push his head against the brick wall. But I didn’t let go soon enough, so caused him “actual pain,” the same safe words I had to employ another … Continue reading One Album, Three Seasons! (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)
I have Honest Toddler to thank for helping me keep my wits about me as the father of three young kids. Here’s a recent Facebook status of this all-too familiar personality: Good Morning! Wow it’s like it has been forever. …. Anyway for breakfast I’ll have 6 plain pancakes … on the red plate. Not … Continue reading What Jonah, Honest Toddler, McNulty, and Choose Your Own Adventure Novels Have in Common
When I was a college worship director for a couple of years, I put together and helped edit a lot of lyrics on PowerPoint. One recurring question I had was: Is it O Lord or Oh, Lord? By default I found myself using the first, though I was never really sure why (I thought it looked better). … Continue reading O Lord or Oh, Lord?
On November 17, 1935, Dietrich Bonhoeffer preached at the gymnasium-turned-chapel of the Finkenwalde Preachers’ Seminary. His text was Matthew 18:21-35. In this “Parable of the Unmerciful Servant,” Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive the person who sins against him. I imagine Peter is already mustering all he can, and maybe even now proud … Continue reading Tuesdays in Lent with Bonhoeffer: Forgiveness
There’s a fine line between faith and stupidity, and sometimes that line can seem pretty blurry. I still remember–vividly–driving up Interstate 90 to the Boston area in the fall of 2008. We had visited Boston in the spring of 2008. That fall we were moving there. We had no jobs and no place to live. … Continue reading The Fine Line Between Faith and Stupidity
The cardinals today selected a new pope. From the New York Times: With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday — choosing the cardinal from Argentina, … Continue reading Who is the New Pope? Bergoglio (now Francis I) of Argentina
From the New York Times: With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and to the cheers of thousands of rain-soaked faithful, a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope from among their midst on Wednesday. The name of the new pope, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic … Continue reading There is a New Pope