So Send I You

First Presbyterian-17  Well, it’s official! While it is hard to say goodbye to family, dear friends and our church community in Frenchtown NJ, Caitlin and I are excited to announce this new call to Asheville, North Carolina. In December, I will begin a new chapter in ministry as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Asheville. We feel such a sense of call and excitement for this next season of life and ministry, and thank you for your good wishes and prayers. The church’s announcement is at the link below!

Developing a Team of Preachers

A couple of weeks ago, a pastor in Pennsylvania emailed a question after reading The Mission of Preaching. (By the way, getting emails like that is a huge thrill and I’m so happy to be in conversation about missional preaching.) He was intrigued by the idea of a communal preaching ministry, and asked what specific things I had done at the church I serve to develop that. Great question! Here’s my answer…Read More »

An Economy of Grace

In October, after we celebrate World Communion Sunday, I’m moving into a series of sermons on stewardship. These few weeks are stewardship season for my church, and the theme verse is 2 Corinthians 9:8. Paul writes, “God has the power to provide you with more than enough of every kind of grace. That way, you will have everything you need always and in everything to provide more than enough for every kind of good work.” (CEB) In that small verse, Paul provides an outline of a economy of grace that supports all of life.

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Perfected Power – A Sermon for 2 Corinthians 12:7b-10

The reading today is from Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth. Before I share these few verses, some background may be helpful. Some call this letter, Paul’s “foolish letter.” They call it that because Paul was accused of being a fool by the Christians in Corinth, and he took that name and wore it like a badge of honor. He could have boasted in his accomplishments and his mystical experiences and his spiritual maturity, but he would not. He would rather, he said, be weak so that the power of Christ would be perfected in him. Perfected power.

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Thanksgiving for “Rest”

In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, we read that Jesus invited the disciples to come away to rest. I’ll comment more on that text in another post, but first I want to tell you about the “rest” and joy I’ve experienced over the past few weeks.

First, I attended a conference sponsored by my denomination called CREDO, which is intentionally designed to offer clergy both rest and life-reflection to promote wellness and well-being. It was all they said it would be and more! Then, Caitlin and I went on a three-day trip  to the stunning mountains of North Carolina where we enjoyed terrific meals, hiking, and lots of time together. And just last week, we went on a family vacation to Williamsburg, Virginia, which concluded with my mother’s wedding and a big family celebration.

I can’t say it was all rest; there was often little rest! But it was restful and joyful, and I am grateful. And… that is why there has been no posting the last three weeks! I did preach once in that long interlude, and I’ll post that sermon soon. I hope you too have a chance for joy and rest this summer!