Compassion, Judgment, and the Insufficiency of “Progressive Christianity”

In my sermon on July 18, 2021, I shared some thoughts on a movement within the church called “Progressive Christianity.” Among other doctrines, proponents of this movement have questioned the long-held belief, as quoted in the Apostles’ Creed, that Jesus “will come to judge the living and the dead.” Efforts have also been made to […]

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Celebrating (and Wishing More for) the PCA, Part 1

Recently, the denomination with which Christ Presbyterian Church is affiliated, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), gathered for its annual “General Assembly.” This is the annual and largest gathering of the PCA’s local church pastors and elders, sent as delegates from their congregations. At the risk of sharing too much or too little, I simply […]

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Sticks, Stones, and Words…Can Cut Me Deeply

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Really? Speaking for myself, I relate more to this revised edition of the cliche: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, and words can cut me deeply.” Words are potent. Words change things. Words brought galaxies into being when “God said…and there […]

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Love Across Our Differences: A Christian Non-Negotiable

I love that I get to be the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church for many reasons. In more ways than I can count, our community and its four diverse congregations is a wonderful, sometimes messy representation of God’s Kingdom, and a rich manifestation of the aroma of Jesus. In a world of outrage, judgment, fear, […]

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