God’s (costly) new normal

the following is a sermon i recently offered on ephesians 3:7–13 at first presbyterian church of berkeley. I. “of this gospel i have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power” (ephesians 3:7). three weeks ago berkeley was overflowing with graduation celebrations: students […]

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a semblance of home

  “maybe at the heart of all our traveling is the dream of someday, somehow, getting Home.” –frederick buechner   and then, late one saturday morning in may, the person you love most in the world is reduced to a pile of boxes—old books, papers, clothes, tools—all strewn across the hot pavement outside a storage unit. […]

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life over lies: worth in work

the following is a reflection i shared with our university ministry community in berkeley, for a series titled, “life > lies.” since the new year began, we’ve been asking, ‘what are the lies that i believe about myself?,’ and, ‘how can we stop living into those lies so that we can receive the abundant life […]

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birth narratives

the gospels were not the earliest accounts of what God was doing in and through the life of Jesus, of course—paul’s letters to the early church had already been penned and shared by then. but it was eventually decided that a written account of Jesus’s life and, more than that, His ministry, should be captured.  […]

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good christian? bad christian?

who is shaping our image of a “good” christian, i wondered when two university students  told me they feel like a “bad” christian from our seats in berkeley last spring. who’s telling us what it looks like to be a “bad” christian? are either valid? i’m exploring this question with our community in berkeley this […]

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