Humility and Greatness are the Same Thing

Arthur Miller’s famous play, Death of a Salesman, features a pitiful character named Willy Loman. His story is a cautionary tale of a life that is hollow and sad, because the most important thing in life for him is to be well liked and well respected by others. According to Willy, appearing successful matters more […]

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On Becoming Conservative Liberals

I love being a pastor for many reasons. In more ways than I am able to count, our community at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville is a wonderful representation of God’s kingdom—a sweet manifestation of the aroma of Jesus. In a world of outrage, judgment, fear, posturing, and caricature, I especially appreciate how our community […]

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The Nashville Statement, the Airing of Differences, and the State of the PCA

Recently, in anticipation of the Presbyterian Church in America’s annual Assembly, I wrote the longest blog post ever. Here, I share some final, releated thoughts in retrospect. This year, our central and impassioned focus in the PCA was on marriage and sexuality, especially concerning people in our pews and pulpits who (a) experience same-sex attraction or […]

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Toward a Truer Christianity…Abandoning Us-Against-Them

In my role as a so-called “public Christian” who leads a church and weighs in on the issues of our day through speaking, discourse, and writing, I am eager to nurture environments in which people can openly disagree…but without the fear of being caricatured, labeled, or demonized. In other words, I am for disagreeing in an […]

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