Flash Mobs in Church: Mars Hill and Middle Collegiate

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 in New York City, Theology | No Comments
Flash Mobs in Church: Mars Hill and Middle Collegiate

A few years ago I helped coordinate a middle school flash mob for the middle of a sermon at Mars Hill. And this past weekend I helped coordinate a post-sermon Pentecost flash mob at Middle Church as a part of our Middle Project Day of Creativity. Because the church is not an antiquated institution. It must continue to spring […]

This Is Eternal Life

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 in Theology | No Comments
This Is Eternal Life

One text. Two words. Three phrases. Four postures. Sometimes I try to keep my sermons simple.

Closets Are For Clothes, Not People

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 in Other | No Comments
Closets Are For Clothes, Not People

I dream of a world where “coming out” is no longer an intimidating or fear-laden experience. I dream of a world where we all come out, not just those who identify as LGBTQ. I dream of a world where all are welcome exactly as they are. For now I guess I’ll just keep dreaming.

You Can’t Put God in a Box

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Theology | One Comment
You Can’t Put God in a Box

From a message for all ages in the morning to a sermon in the evening, I like to get as much out of my teaching props as possible. Here are two different versions of the same sermon, the first one featuring some adorable children and the second one with subtle (and not-so-subtle) references to Michael Gungor, Game of Thrones, […]

This Is the Life

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Theology | No Comments
This Is the Life

Why should you watch this sermon? I’m preaching behind a pile of 160 quarts of dirt. I expand on the theological brilliance of the movie WALL-E. I lean on one of the greatest prophets of the 80’s: Belinda Carlisle. I casually quote Ferris Bueller. I talk about aliens and robots and Jesus and you and me. I tell an […]

My Next Sermon: #ThisIsTheLife

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Theology | No Comments

I’m finalizing my next sermon (this Sunday morning at Middle Church) and have been tweeting a few phrases that I’ll likely end up saying. Also, I’ll have 160 quarts of dirt piled next to me. Good luck figuring out how that plays into Jesus’ words on being the way, truth, and life. (Join us in the […]

Doubting Like Thomas

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Theology | One Comment
Doubting Like Thomas

This past week I’ve talked more about doubt than ever before. From a sermon at Art & Soul to a Pub Theology gathering, I have enjoyed the company and conversation of many people on what sadly becomes a suppressed topic (especially in the church). Here’s a few of my thoughts (in twelve minutes or so), followed by […]

Be, Love, Walk

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Theology | No Comments
Be, Love, Walk

Last Sunday we were scheduled to have a guest preacher for Art & Soul at Middle Church. But about fifteen minutes before the gathering we find out that she has laryngitis and won’t be able to talk. Our Senior Minister, Jacqui Lewis, was the natural choice to fill her spot, but this would mean that she […]

#30SOL top 30

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Creativity, Theology | No Comments
#30SOL top 30

My Thirty Seconds or Less project has officially made it through its first year. This is kind of a big deal. Not because of the micro-podcasting platform I’ve worked to establish (though I do think that’s pretty awesome) but because a year ago I had an idea and I’ve kept with it. Every. Single. Day. […]

#SermonSoundtrack: Doubting Like Thomas

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Theology | No Comments
#SermonSoundtrack: Doubting Like Thomas

I used to create a different playlist for each week, a rotating definitive mix of sorts. For some reason this practice found itself put on pause. But with a slew of upcoming sermons I have decided to create a playlist for each one. This will be the background as I prep for Sunday (and will be the […]