Pastor's Corner

Julian’s article in each “Messenger”

15Nov 2012

“Everybody In, Nobody Out”   What’s your favorite Jesus miracle? Feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish? Turning water into wine? Raising Lazarus? Each of Christ’s wonders speaks to us in different ways, but they share a common setting: miracles happen in groups. Miracles happen when people come together under […]

23Oct 2012

Being comes from doing. Essentially, this is how humanity understands the self. We are the jobs we have; we become our habits, and we are often known and remembered for what we have done. In life we leave legacies of work, not being, and our resumes tell a story of past performance, never a litany […]

28Sep 2012

In a fairly famous sermon, Jesus says the following: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.” This is in Matthew (5), and […]

27Jun 2012

***this OpEd was originally written for “Sojourners” after I was asked to comment on Chicago’s violence and what I and the church were doing about it. Have you been to the studio yet? Read the original below in the link, and the text is underneath in case the site goes down***’s-violence-epidemic Chicago: the only […]

23Jun 2012

Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. -Charles M. Schulz The Peanuts […]

23Jun 2012

Black America may be ready to pull the plug on me after saying this, but it must be said: The JS Roundhouse Mid – aka “The Shackle Shoe” – is NOT an allusion to slavery. It only takes someone who was GROWN in the 80’s to think otherwise. A younger generation (those of us reaching […]

30May 2012

Click here to view a collection of opinions on the impact of President Obama’s most recent articulation of his view of same-sex marriage. It ranges from deeply Conservative to unabidingly Liberal, and even includes a few thoughts from your pastor 😉 You’ll see that the dialogue has “progressed” much in their comments, but we can […]

13Apr 2012

I don’t do well at the symphony.  It’s not that I don’t like them (in fact, I love them), but they become a bit tedious for my over-active brain. The big thing is: I never know when to clap. You’ll have to remember I am a member of the hip hop generation; we are used […]

16Mar 2012

  A few weeks ago, the internet became a public square hosting dialogue around the actions of one Joseph Kony. Kony is a military leader in Uganda – of the Lord’s Resistance Army – so I don’t have to tell you he also considers himself a righteous man. Kony has been active in Uganda since […]

17Feb 2012

Kanye West and Jay-Z are no doubt names you have heard, though I’d be shocked (and pleasantly surprised) if you came to me next Sunday reciting any of their lyrics. Their most recent collaborative project, Watch The Throne, is fun, unapologetically boastful, boisterous, and (my favorite) “provocative.” Take for example the lyrics to the opening […]