Begin Again: Closure and Anticipation – December 2020 Lectionary Preview

11/16/2020

A presidential impeachment. Stories and videos of children ripped from their parents’ arms at the U.S. southern border. The death of Breonna Taylor. COVID-19. The death of Ahmaud Arbery. The death of George Floyd. The shooting of Jacob Blake. The...

Unusually Thankful

11/13/2020

On the cusp of Thanksgiving and Advent, in a year that has been unlike any other in recent memory, I find myself wondering what the Thanksgiving holiday might look like in the week ahead. In the midst of an uncertain...

The spirituality of pledging: Praying our way into 2021

11/9/2020

One of my favorite pictures in the Presbyterian Foundation’s collection is of a woman praying over her pledge. The pledges were collected in what normally functions as a baptismal font (containing no water, of course) and each person was invited...

Calculating your Tithe

10/19/2020

My first memory of tithing is from first grade. My Dad had just completed seminary and was in his first call serving as the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Selma, AL. My Mom wanted to sing in the...

Whether It’s Five or One: Parable of the Talents

10/14/2020

There is a misconception around stewardship. I believe so broadly, but, especially financially. Have you ever said to yourself, “if I had more, I would do more?” Or, have you ever been privy to the financial state of another and...

Stewardship should focus on God, even in a pandemic

9/22/2020

Over the past few weeks, I have found myself drawn to Isaiah 40:31 "…but they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they...

A source of hope

9/18/2020

It’s fall. It’s time for stewardship. It’s unlike any other time any of us can remember. Most preachers are going to be asking how we preach stewardship in the midst of a pandemic AND in the midst of continuing calls...

Making Time and Marking Time

8/24/2020

When I started working for the Presbyterian Foundation in January of this year, it meant leaving the congregation I’d served for the last five years. Naturally, I expected some things to change. I knew it would take time to find...

Living Love: Lectionary Preview for September 2020

8/21/2020

The lectionary texts for the month of September lend themselves to preach a mini-series or individual sermons that reflect on the theme of love: love of God, love of self, and love of others. The title of the series could...

Theo-Drama: The “now what?” of faith: August 2020 lectionary preview

7/21/2020

Knowing is one thing. Evidencing the knowing through living is a whole other business. My wife and I are in the season of parenting when our sons are nearing college. This means tuition payments for us, the “world is your...