“Stay at Home”: Finding Our Deepest Connection, Beyond Physical Proximity

Last night California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide mandate that people stay at home until further notice in a continued attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus over the next weeks and months. As of this morning, the governors of Illinois and New York have issued similar mandates, with potentially more to come.Continue reading ““Stay at Home”: Finding Our Deepest Connection, Beyond Physical Proximity”

A Vision from the Mountaintop: Fulfilling the Dreams of Moses and Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the most powerful and mysterious stories from the Gospels is that of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop before three of his disciple; Pete, James, and John. In this story, Jesus leads his three followers up on a mountain and before their eyes his clothes become dazzling white and his face shines and suddenly,Continue reading “A Vision from the Mountaintop: Fulfilling the Dreams of Moses and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Lifting Up The Sin of the World: The Nonviolent Protest of Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the beginning of John’s gospel, in one of the only stories detailing the verbal interactions between John the Baptist and Jesus, John gives voice not only to his belief about the identity of Jesus, but what Jesus had come into the world to accomplish. John, seeing Jesus walk by for the first time sinceContinue reading “Lifting Up The Sin of the World: The Nonviolent Protest of Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The Lies We’ve Been Told: Darkness is Bad and Christmas is About Being Happy

A Reflection on the first chapter of John’s Gospel The Divine Blueprint We’ve spent the last five weeks leading up to Christmas, including all four Sundays in the season of Advent and Christmas Eve, anticipating the birth of Jesus, the coming of a savior into the world, the arrival of a particular person in aContinue reading “The Lies We’ve Been Told: Darkness is Bad and Christmas is About Being Happy”

The Wounds That Heal: Addiction and Salvation

(An excerpt from Chapter 6 of “The Beautiful Letdown: An Addict’s Theology of Addiction”) One of the verses of Scripture most commonly used to summarize the work of Jesus in the world and thus the popular view of salvation is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, soContinue reading “The Wounds That Heal: Addiction and Salvation”

Born From The Rubble

(a sermon on the Proper 28 readings at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, San Diego) Today Jesus predicts to his disciples the destruction of the great temple in Jerusalem.  This temple had been the center of Jewish life for centuries.  It was the place of pilgrimage for all of the Jewish feasts and celebrations.  The reasonContinue reading “Born From The Rubble”

Why Should I Care About an Ancient Institution and Even More Ancient Book?

I am what some might call a “millennial.” I’m 31 years old. I grew up in the 90s and 00s. I remember Doug, Rugrats, Xanga, and the beginning of Facebook. I graduated from high school with a flip phone and from college with an Iphone. I am the person who churches can’t figure out howContinue reading “Why Should I Care About an Ancient Institution and Even More Ancient Book?”