Monday, March 12, 2018

Watch My Sermon on Belonging Now!

I'm so excited to share the link to watch March's sermon on demand entitled, "How to Attain True Belonging." In this message, I continue the Book and a Bible sermon series with NYT bestselling author Brené Brown's Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Discover what true belonging is, the risks to it in our divisive society, and how we can attain it with the church's help. 

BONUS: This WAVE contemporary worship service includes the first ever live performance of Adam Gilbert's new single, "I Want You to Know." Adam is an award-winning musician who wrote and performs this song that's so moving, it just might make you cry! Thanks, Adam!

Watch HERE

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Quest for True Belonging

This past week, I preached at my church's contemporary WAVE service on belonging. As part of our “Book and a Bible” series, I delved into Brené Brown’s newest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. Some of you might be familiar with Brené through her New York Times bestselling books, interviews on Oprah, or popular TED talk on vulnerability.

As a sociologist and researcher, Brené interviewed numerous eighth graders on the difference between belonging and fitting in. Their answers were insightful and worth sharing:

* Belonging is being somewhere where you want to be, and they want you. Fitting in is being somewhere where you want to be, but they don’t care one way or the other.
* Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else.
* If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in.

The delineation in their definitions is relatable. It’s also illustrative of the fact that true belonging requires authentic self.

As much as we’re wired for genuine connection, it requires courage to present our authentic self to others and honor it ourselves. Brené writes, “No vulnerability, no courage.” But it is precisely our vulnerability that can bring us greater joy and even has the capacity to heal our increasingly divisive society.

When we recognize what binds us as humans is greater than what divides us, when we believe in mutual love and respect, and when we come together for a purpose larger than ourselves, we begin to cultivate a community where authentic selves can thrive. And that is something I hope, friends, the church offers you through Jesus Christ.

Coming together for Lent and Holy Week is a time-honored tradition that celebrates the love that unites us all. In Jesus, we all belong and are welcome. I wish you a rich Easter season in worship. Please stay tuned for my sermon, which will be available on demand soon!

This post was also shared with Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Watch February's Sermon on a Book Not to Miss!

The contemporary service at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ, known as WAVE, kicked off a new sermon series, Book and a Bible, this month. You're invited to watch my recent sermon on demand here! In this service, I delve into acclaimed author Sara Hagerty's newest book Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed. Discover the redeeming, life-giving fingerprints of God in your unseen sacrifices and fallow seasons.

Watch HERE

Did you know? WAVE stands for Authentic Worship Experience and renewed Vitality through faith. Love that!

You can join us at our next scheduled service on March 4th at 5 PM in the auditorium. I'll be preaching on New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown's newest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Watch January's Sermon

I invite you to watch January's televised service:

Discover the history and meaning of Epiphany, its importance for our daily lives, and the unique opportunity it offers each of us in the new year. This service is brought to you by the WAVE contemporary worship team at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit and features acclaimed musician/songwriter Adam Gilbert and a message by me. (Jan. 7, 2018)

Watch HERE.

P.S. I posted my first video teaser on Facebook for this service this week. Did you see it? Are we friends? And in the manner of New Year's Resolutions, I've finally joined Instagram. Find me here!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year and Preaching Sunday!

This Sunday I'll be preaching at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit at 5 pm! Come join us in the auditorium for another WAVE worship service. Hear an inspiring message to frame the new year: Now that Christ has been born, it's up to us to seek him in our daily lives. There will be food, contemporary music, and special crafts for children based upon the wisemen seeking Jesus. All are welcome!

As we enter into a new year, I am thrilled for its fresh beginning. I love how human history has weaved a new beginning into the fabric of our lives each year. And what's more, we celebrate its gift with friends and family and mark its opportunity as special.

Not only can we begin again, but we have the power to frame the new year intenitonally. In the past, that was the function of New Year's resolutions. But this year, I've heard a lot of people are choosing only one word: a theme word for 2018 to live by. Some choose for that word to start with the first letter of their first name, but it doesn't really matter. What matters most is its significance to you. This year, each individual in my family chose a word, wrote it down, decorated the page to make it personal, and hung it up in a special place to remind them.

Whether you're joining me in worship this week or perhaps choosing your own word in solidarity, I wish you a wonderful, prosperous, and blessed Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Watch This Christmas TV Special!

As we conclude the Advent season, I am thrilled to pass along this Christmas TV special! Hear an encouraging sermon, popular Christmas music hits, and a live nativity narration to ground your holiday in the true meaning of the season. Sermon highlight: "Christmas is like a fresh rainfall in the tired, dusty sands of our wilderness." Discover how you can renew a Christmas hope in your own life right where you most need it.

Watch HERE

This special is courtesy of my church, Central Presbyterian Church, and their contemporary WAVE worship team. I am blessed to serve with them!

Looking for more Christmas inspiration? Check out last week's post or the post from the week before!

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