“Christ, Our Belonging”

A sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22 delivered to LaSalle Street Church on 9/18/22, introducing a fall series called "All Belong." The manuscript is edited below for reading, and you can find a recording in the full service via this YouTube video. I want to invite you to call to mind a certain memory. Think of a… Continue reading “Christ, Our Belonging”

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“It may be my undoing”

I played: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, originally released in the U.S. on the Nintendo 64 in October 2000. It's a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time, borrowing many of that game's assets (e.g. background character models, music, etc.) but introducing a dramatically different narrative structure and melancholic tone that helped it become a… Continue reading “It may be my undoing”

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“We Are: Made For Community”

A sermon on Luke 6:12-19 delivered to LaSalle Street Church on 8/7/22, continuing our summer "We Are" series about identity and community. The manuscript is edited below for reading, and you can find it in the full service via this YouTube video. Last week's communal practice of lectio divina was a refreshing rest stop in this… Continue reading “We Are: Made For Community”

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“Who We Are Matters”

A sermon on Psalm 139 delivered to LaSalle Street Church on 7/10/22, introducing our summer "We Are" series about identity and community. The manuscript is edited below for reading, and you can find it in the full service via this YouTube video. I changed a few names in this manuscript for privacy. Two weeks ago at… Continue reading “Who We Are Matters”

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“The Trouble You Know”

A sermon on Luke 8:26-39 delivered to LaSalle Street Church on 6/19/22. The manuscript is edited below for reading, and you can find it in the full service via this YouTube video. At the beginning of his ministry in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus stood up in the front of a synagogue and read from the… Continue reading “The Trouble You Know”

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“Love One, Another”

A sermon on John 13:31-35 delivered to LaSalle Street Church on 5/15/22. The manuscript is edited below for reading, and you can find it in the full service via this YouTube video. If you’re keeping up with the church calendar, you know that we’re in a season that has traditionally been called “Eastertide.” In the weeks… Continue reading “Love One, Another”

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A sermon for Easter

A sermon on John 20:19-29 delivered to LaSalle Street Church on Easter Sunday, 4/17/22. This was the first of three sermons delivered by pastoral staff that day, each focusing on a different reaction to the resurrection. The manuscript is edited below for reading, and you can find it in the full service via this YouTube… Continue reading A sermon for Easter

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A sermon for Good Friday

A sermon on the eighth Station of the Cross, "Jesus is helped by Simon," based on Mark 15:21 and delivered on 4/15/22 as part of a series of reflections on the Scriptural Way of the Cross for the Near North Ministry Alliance's annual Good Friday Walk. The manuscript is edited below for reading. Mark 15:21… Continue reading A sermon for Good Friday

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Channel Islands National Park

I visited: Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of California. This island, along with the other Channel Islands, was home to the Chumash people for hundreds or possibly thousands of years. They enjoyed an apparently thriving civilization until the arrival of European colonizers in the 1500s. This NPS history is… Continue reading Channel Islands National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park

I visited: Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. According to NPS, the area's early occupants included "the Pinto Culture, followed by American Indians including the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla." This was my 14th National Park. Fortynine Palms Oasis In March I traveled with Gregg and Steve to Los Angeles for our friend… Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

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