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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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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