Transforming Encounters of the Sacramental Kind

June 29, 2008

On February 2 of this year I conducted a one day seminar at the North Davis Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas. They had invited me to prepare some materials for a congregational-wide study of Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and Assembly based on my three books (Come to the Table, Down in the River to […]

Grief, Psychodrama and the Sacraments

May 1, 2008

In the recent past I read an amazingly insightful book by Tian Dayton entitled Heartwounds: The Impact of Unresolved Trauma and Grief on Relationships. Dayton is a leader in experiential therapy or psychodrama. While her work is not explicitly Christian, it is spiritually-based. It has been extremely helpful to me as it has opened my […]


April 18, 2008

Over the next week I will be separated from technology–cell phones, television, computers–for a renewal retreat where I will specifically journey through my past wounds to seek deeper healing.  Consequently, I will not–of course–be available to respond to any comments and no further posts will appear for the week. I wanted to let you know […]

Audios Available

April 4, 2008

I often get requests for CDs of two seminar series that I have done for many churches.  The two most requested are “Anchors for the Soul” and “Come to the Table.”  They are both available on my Audios page.  “Anchors for the Soul” is my attempt to reflect on what we might say to those […]

Easter Sunday, Every Sunday

April 4, 2008

“On the first day of the week we came together to break bread.” The first day of the week.  Gathered saints.  Breaking bread.  Listening to Pau’s teaching.  Joy, fellowship, edification.  But death invades.  A young man named falls out the third-story window.  The church rushes to him.  He is dead.  Brokenness, grief, disillusionment. You have […]

Academic Articles

April 2, 2008

I have recently created some pages where I can offer some previously published and unpublished materials for download.  I will occasionally comment on these to alert readers of their availability. At the moment there are several documents available on the Academic Materials page. One article is a presentation I made at the Christian Scholar’s Conference on a […]

New Book Announcement

April 6, 2006

Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James A. Harding is the title of a new release by Leafwood Press, a division of ACU Press. It is due out in May 2006. Bobby Valentine and John Mark Hicks are the authors. “Many assume that Churches of Christ views 1930-1960 were those of […]

Traitor at the Table

March 12, 2006

Text: Luke 22:1-23 The betrayer sat at the table with Jesus and Jesus knew who the betrayer was. He was one of the Twelve, one of the chosen. He had cast out demons and proclaimed the coming of the kingdom. Jesus had prayed over that choice and yet Satan entered Judas’ heart and Satan won […]

Reflections on Come to the Table — No. 1

December 2, 2005

I have often been asked, and was recently asked by a friend, to reflect on my book “Come to the Table”–what would have I said differently, what would I emphasize now, and what is my vision for the Supper in the contemporary church. So, I will take this month to offer some occasional reflections. “If […]

New Wineskins–A New Way of Living

September 11, 2005

Text: Luke 5:27-39. Luke’s Jesus teaches, for the most part, at the table. But the table is more than teaching for Jesus, it is the embodiment of the kingdom of God. It is not merely oral teaching, but social demonstration of the kingdom of God. Jesus’ table exhibits a new way of living—new wineskins for […]