Pastor's Corner

Julian’s article in each “Messenger”

09Jan 2012

A lot of self-help books teach us that growth is the function of increasingly acquired skills, more relationships and expanded networks, sound investing and ways to create more streams of revenue, more degrees…that type of stuff. All great advice, and all operating under a similar basic assumption:  Growth is about adding to what you already […]

16Dec 2011

“There must be always remaining in every man’s life some place for the singing of angels — some place for that which in itself is breathlessly beautiful and by an inherent prerogative, throwing all the rest of life into a new and creative relatedness — something that gathers up in itself all the freshets of […]

27Nov 2011

About a year ago I was freshly married, freshly crowned a “Master of All Things Divine” (that’s what we call the M.Div, to ward off depression), and about to start my first job. Yep, this small church in Hyde Park had called me to be their senior minister – a risk for all parties involved. […]

11Oct 2011

Inventors of technology are known for stuff and not ideas. From Ben Franklin to Eli Whitney to Nicola Tesla to Bill Gates: each of these people we associate with a thing. Steve Jobs was no different. Say the name “Steve Jobs” to someone sitting next to you and ask what pops up. They are inevitably […]

14Sep 2011

(taken from the September 2011 Messenger) Well, not exactly. But the board and I did meet on September 8th to do a bit of visioning as we move forward into the Fall and *sigh* Winter. A potluck was involved, per University Church custom (our translation of Matthew 18:20 reads, “Where two or three are gathered, […]

17Jul 2011

I’m not a fan of when people say, “We’re getting there!” That usually indicates that wherever “we” are is inadequate, or that the finish line is still faaaaroff (it also assumes that we know where this magical finish line is).  Whenever someone has said, “You’re getting there” to me, it was in context of the […]

17May 2011

Reprinted from May 2011 Messenger Life happens too quickly. I swear that I was 8 years old like, 2 hours ago, and this week another birthday arrives to remind me how far from that little boy I’ve come. Call it progression…(perhaps). Near my birthday I tend to gather up my life and see “where I […]

16Feb 2011

Reprinted from the April 2011 Messenger Some time ago my uncle had a house in Gary, Indiana that needed major rehabbing.  Though he tapped me — a lazy teenager — to help with these renovations, I still believe my uncle is a decent man.  There is nothing on Earth lazier than I was at 13 years old: […]