Loving as Jesus Does in a Hate-Filled Time

By scottsauls | October 29, 2020

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. —Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies I am tired. Tired of taking sides, that is. Are you? Are you tired of gossip and negative caricatures? Are you tired of labeling and being labeled? […]

Salt of the Earth in a World That is Becoming Tasteless

By scottsauls | October 22, 2020

The mission of our church, Christ Presbyterian in Nashville, is to follow Christ in his mission of loving people, places, and things to life (a more detailed version of that mission can be found here). Believing that Christ intends for his followers to “flavor” the world with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control […]

What’s Missing Most in the Race Conversation is EMPATHY

By scottsauls | October 15, 2020

Among other things, the year 2020 has been a year of reckoning on the subject of race. As conversations continue nation-wide, and as our Christ Presbyterian community prepares to plant a new congregation in the Bordeaux neighborhood of Northwest Nashville called “CPC Koinonia” under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Mika Edmondson, I am posting the […]

Jesus’s Politically Diverse Disciples

By scottsauls | October 8, 2020

Sometimes a sermon can be a polarizing thing. Once I was preaching to a crowd of New Yorkers about how Christians should respond to the problem of poverty. I will never forget two e-mails I received the following week, both in reference to the same sermon. The writer of the first e-mail, among other things, […]

Things We Don’t Want to Talk About (But Probably Should)

By scottsauls | October 1, 2020

A few years ago, I received a call from a news reporter seeking a ‘conservative Presbyterian perspective’ on a controversial decision that had been made by another, more ‘liberal Presbyterian’ denomination. I cringe at being labeled ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’ because Jesus, in different ways, is both ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’…but I digress. I understood the reporter’s label, because he knows me […]