Introducing Meditative Fiction

I’ve been pondering creative ways to do some guided meditation on Scripture for a long while, and the the combination of the pandemic and resignation from my communications gig has spurred my pondering toward implementation. I’m rather excited to see what will come from this, and I’ve included the introduction below. The preliminary print layout…

No Surprise

We’ve grown rather comfy in this culture, so much so that a good many Christians have concluded that we really are the baseline of this country–and it’s everyone else who is weird. Let me disabuse you of that notion.

A Walk to Reset

September is always an incredibly stressful time for me. Labor Day comes and goes, and suddenly everything seems to wind up to full speed. For me there is one “wind up” which tend to cause me the greatest personal stress. The immanent arrival of ABCNJ’s Annual Session. I run the technology for this every year…

Kingdom Collision

Back in 2008 I preached a sermon series entitled “Kingdom Collision,” which explored the political implications of Jesus’ First Century ministry. My hope for the series was to show how Jesus refused to be sucked into the culture wars of his days. Instead, he offered a complete different perspective than his opponents were expecting1. Given…

Magnetic Wisdom

Shortly after I started at Central Baptist, we had a contemplative worship in the evenings called “CrossPoint.” It was a good season, and I learned much about worship by taking part in it’s organization. A number of people would like to see it return, maybe one day it will. The key to CrossPoint was an…

Moments

I continue to marvel at the odd positions in which my particular vocation places me. I am a geek who has a deep love of history and technology, and yet I am also a pastor who has a deep concern for the way we people practice our humanity. This often places me in a rather…