Conversation with Alicia Gonzalez

July 21, 2017

Alicia is the founding executive director of Chicago Run, an influential nonprofit in Chicago whose mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable running programs. Currently, Chicago Run is in 43 schools throughout the city and 17,500 students participate in the program. Alicia has won numerous awards for her work including the 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. In this podcast, Alicia shares some really interesting stories about what it takes to start a non-profit, what her response was when Chicago Public Schools closed several of the schools she worked with, and the connection between social justice and childhood obesity.


Conversation with Adam Hamilton

July 12, 2017

My guest in this podcast is one of the most notable leaders in The United Methodist Church. Adam Hamilton is the founder and senior pastor of The Church of the Resurrection located in the Kansas City area. COR is the largest UMC in the U.S. and Adam’s many books and his own leadership have had a profound impact on our denomination. In this podcast, Adam shares from his own successes and failures in ministry and also reflects on the future of The United Methodist Church.



Sermon, Good news worth sharing

June 15, 2017

Reflections on what the Gospel really means and using John 3:14-21 and Romans 1:16-17


Sermon, Get back on the bike

June 4, 2017

The story of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21) gives us a model of how a group of individuals can use the Holy Spirit overcome the cloak of failure and live into a new thing.


Sermon, Belovedness is our home station

May 26, 2017

Hearing that we are loved may be old news, but it's a foundational truth that helps us in times of failure. I reflect on this as we look at Luke 3:15-22.


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Sermon, Everybody fails

May 19, 2017

When (not if) we fail in our lives, the temptation is to obsess about the failure and believe that we're the only one who has failed in this particular way. That, of course, isn't true and Luke 17:11-19 shows us that Jesus offers a way to respond to perceived failures.


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Sermon, Hidden Miracles

May 16, 2017

There are days when we may feel great about our bodies and celebrate them and there are also days when we wonder if we can return our bodies for a refund, especially those who combat disease or struggle with illness. What do we do if our bodies feel broken? Some thoughts on this using Mark 5:35-44.


Sermon, The Body of Christ

May 10, 2017

How do our bodies fit into the larger Body of Christ? And what actually is the Body of Christ? A sermon that reflects on these questions as part of our "Our Bodies, Our Faith" sermon series using Colossians 1:15-22.


Sermon, Easter Turnaround

May 10, 2017

What kind of life turnaround can Easter bring about? Some thoughts about that and on John 20:1-18.



Sermon, Use Your Words

April 11, 2017

Having the courage to speak up can be challenging sometimes and it's even more of a challenge to figure out what words to use. Words are particularly important during Palm Sunday and that's what I reflect on this week using Matthew 21:1-11.