Welcome back

Today my church hosted its first in-person worship gathering since March 2020. Nearly every moment of the liturgy landed in the room like a proclamation of good news, from the opening greeting ("Our church is a place where you can come as you are...") to the pastor's three-finger sign of the cross offered as blessing… Continue reading Welcome back

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“Now What?”

I delivered this sermon on Acts 1:12-26 to LaSalle Street Church on 4/18/21. The manuscript is edited below for reading, the full service is here, and the sermon is embedded below. Last week, Pastor Laura introduced our new series tracing the movement of the Holy Spirit through the book of Acts—how the Holy Spirit moved… Continue reading “Now What?”

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This and that

There was a clip circulating online yesterday that was hard to watch, a short exchange between Billy Eichner and Colton Underwood, the former Bachelor contestant who came out as gay. It’s a cameo Billy made during Colton's season, a season that had portrayed Colton with a kind of naivety it connected explicitly to his Christian… Continue reading This and that

Good Friday ’21

Is it just me, or has this Holy Week felt especially long? Maybe it's how badly we need good news, maybe it's the monotony of pandemic life, maybe it's the bizarre way so many of us seem to be experiencing time right now; but the gap between Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil has felt like… Continue reading Good Friday ’21

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Maundy Thursday ’21

It's my favorite service of the year, insofar as "favorite" isn't synonymous with "most pleasurable." Maundy Thursday allows us to encounter Christ in specific emotions that rarely get room to breathe in the life of the church the rest of the year: the awkward and embarrassing intimacy of having your bare feet touched by a… Continue reading Maundy Thursday ’21

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