on how to clean a crab

to borrow a line from the poet scott cairns, let’s pretend for now that there is no such thing as metaphor. you know, the ocean will just be the ocean, crabs will no longer have to be anything but crustaceans. we are walking with friends along a pier in halfmoon bay, two young couples with […]

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listening is our act of love

how do we create conversations that matter? in a world of small talk, how do we go deeper? and, how did c.s. lewis do this well—creating conversations that have lasted more than 50 years after his death? those are the questions i was asked to speak on in portland last september. here’s how i answered… […]

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all who hunger: food that endures

words i shared recently with our university ministry community in berkeley, for a series titled, “all who hunger.” i’ve known that I wanted to wrap up on this particular hunger since we started back in august. tonight’s theme is at the heart of what Jesus is talking about in john 6, the chapter we’ve been sitting […]

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God’s great inside joke

a sermon i offered recently for the community at first presbyterian church of berkeley, based on luke 6:27–36: “but I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. if anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the […]

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all who hunger: rest

i recently shared these words with our university ministry community in berkeley, for a series titled, “all who hunger.” if you haven’t been with us, welcome. we’ve been having some conversations this fall in a series we’re calling, “all who hunger,” where we’ve been asking, what are our deepest hungers? what are those hungers driving us? […]

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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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