From the Preacher 7.7.2020

From the Preacher 7.7.2020

Dear Friends— One of the most grounding places I have ever been is Sequoia National Park. My first solo trip there was maybe five years ago when I was just settling into my second year of a new appointment and taking stock of the life and ministry I wanted to build in...
From the Preacher 7.7.2020

From the Preacher 6.30.2020

It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting alone in the sanctuary. It’s neither unusual for me to be here this early, nor to be alone for a while. Preparing space for worship is my life-blood. I love the tension in the potential of the room just before the lights come on and...
From the Preacher 6.23.2020

From the Preacher 6.23.2020

Dear St. Mark’s, I write this letter to you now from Claremont (the other Claremont as I have often said to you all). Our boxes have made it into my parent’s house. There are still items we can’t find (just the cost of moving). But for the most part,...
From the Preacher 6.16.2020

From the Preacher 6.16.2020

Dear Friends, “When will we be able to gather together in church again? Other churches are opening!”  I have heard these words from a number of people in our congregation and in our community.  I don’t have the answer to this question.  In times like these I wish I...

From the Preacher 6.9.2020

Dear Friends… One of my core understandings of God is through the concept of call. I believe that God calls to us, speaks to us, invites us into relationship and invites us into action. God invites us to build God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. This concept of...
From the Preacher 6.23.2020

From the Preacher 6.2.2020

Dear St. Mark’s, I am utterly heartbroken by the death of yet another unarmed black, George Floyd, this past Monday. Our entire past Pentecost Sunday was devoted to him as well as others who have been victims of America’s systemic and deeply entrenched...