Look Both Ways

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in Theology | No Comments
Look Both Ways

Every few weeks I give the Message for All Ages at Middle Church. I’ve built blanket forts, put us all in a box, and more. But this past Sunday we experienced intersections (it was Intersections Sunday) and reminded us to look both ways: love God and love your neighbor. Enjoy!

Our Daily Bridge

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 in Creativity, New York City | No Comments

When I moved to New York City in 2012 I worked from home. My living room was my office and the George Washington Bridge out the window kept me company. (We spent a lot of time together and are on a first name basis.) I began taking a photo (almost) every day as a part of […]

A Good Sermon

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Creativity, Theology | No Comments
A Good Sermon

Two preachers, an art project, and Mariah Carey as the voice of God: sounds like a pretty typical sermon at Middle Church. And if you want a road map to follow, here’s my sermon outline.

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 […]