Welcome to the New Life

We had a great time at Oak Cliff Earth Day handing out free cookies.  Thanks to everyone who baked and helped prepare and set up and tear down and everyone who just came and hung out at the booth.  I love that we have such meaningful (and not so meaningful) conversation no matter where we are and have so much …

Undone by Love: The Redoing

Before I moved to Dallas, I was a manager in the Information Systems department of a medium-sized company that owned funeral homes and cemeteries.  Yes, even funeral homes have information systems.  And, yes, I was a nerd.  The part of my job that I liked the most was facilitating groups of people in a software design process.  I got to …

Undone by Love (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Every so often, someone comes forward with proclamations of doom for America.  Whether it’s Carle Zimmerman in 1947, Francis Schaeffer in 1975, or William Bennett in 2003, they see themselves as prophets pointing us back to an ideal time that has passed us by, an ideal place we seem unable to still find.  We have lost our way, …

Undone by Love

The series we just finished examined John’s ethic of love as a guide for how our church might understand itself.  John’s ethic of love is aimed largely in toward the community from which the Gospel arose.  Although John’s scope is the world (“so that the world may believe,” John 17:21), it intends to draw the world in (“come and see,” …

John’s Church, Our Church: Friends

In a world of social networks, the word “friend” gets thrown around a little too easily.  With a simple mouse-click, we can become “friends.”  We’ve even made it into a verb, an action that only exists in virtual space.  But we weren’t the first to do this.  Many languages, including Greek, have strong semantic relationships between verbs and nouns.  Jesus …

What I Meant to Say Was…

On Sunday, I was highly critical of Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Dallas, as well as others of his ilk that are famous for their criticism of homosexuality.  You can read my comments here, but the main point was that any ethical stance must risk something.  This follows from Jesus’ claim in John 15:13: “No one has greater …

John’s Church, Our Church: Love (Program and Sermon)

Program Sermon Opening In Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe, John Boswell explains the problem with translation: “Only a naïve and ill-informed optimism assumes that any word or expression in one language can be accurately rendered in another.”  This is the prelude to Boswell’s discussion of love.  He makes the profound point that it’s not just the language that is confusing.  …