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From the Preacher 8.11.2020

From the Preacher 8.11.2020

Dear Friends - I took a class on Christology at Claremont School of Theology several years ago. It was truly amazing to learn of how many different ways we have interpreted the person of Jesus and the incarnate Christ over the centuries and across different cultures....

From the Preacher 8.4.2020

From the Preacher 8.4.2020

Dear Friends— When I was little, I loved to tumble. I loved the feeling of flipping and generally being upside down. I have vivid memories of frightening a friend’s mom by doing arials on concrete sidewalks. (That’s cartwheels without hands.) While she feared I would...

From the Preacher 7.28.2020

From the Preacher 7.28.2020

Dear Friends, On March 15, 2020 I preached my last sermon at St. Mark’s.  Yes, I have preached since then, but not in this majestic sanctuary.  In March we did not expect we’d be where we are today.  But here we are, still waiting for the church doors to open, waiting...

From the Preacher 7.21.2020

From the Preacher 7.21.2020

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26 The eighth chapter of Romans holds some of my favorite texts in all of Scripture, including the...

From the Preacher 7.14.2020

From the Preacher 7.14.2020

“Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25 Today marks the fourth month since we were placed under the Stay-at-Home order and quarantine began in California....

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 6.30.2020

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, we are all...

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...