A Bigger Table Tour: Booking Now!

John is heading to a city near you to share the message of the bigger table! All of the following dates are open to the public:

Wednesday, March 21 – Durham, NC
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Speaking / Q&A / Book Signing
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Friday, March 23 – North Georgia
7:00 p.m. Speaking / Q&A / Book Signing
Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Sunday, March 25 – North Georgia
10:30 a.m. Speaking / Q&A / Book Signing
Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church

Saturday, April 7 – Northern New Jersey
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Speaking / Q&A / Book Signing
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Sunday, April 8 – Northern New Jersey
10:00 a.m. Sunday Services / Q&A
First Congregational United Church of Christ

Saturday, April 14 – Syracuse, New York
10:00 a.m. Speaking / Q&A / Book Signing
May Memorial Unitarian Church
Tickets: cnytix.com/events/john-Pavlovitz

Saturday, April 21 – Toronto, Canada
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Speaking / Q&A / Book Signing
Fairlawn Avenue Christian Church

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Plan an event that best fits your community; a traditional talk, seminar with breakout sessions, community meal, Q&A, book signing—or any combination. If you’re a church, organization, venue, or home community and interested in hosting a “Bigger Table” tour stop, contact us below!

54 thoughts on “Speaking

  1. I cannot recommend this man strongly enough in words on a screen. Knowing Pastor John has truly changed my heart! I don’t know how I could have gone on had our paths not crossed at precisely the right time. In ways I do not fully understand, Pastor John helped me to salvage and integrate my crumbling sense of love for the Christ. Thank you seems so insignificant, but THANK YOU PJohn!

  2. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who had been conducting a little research
    on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I discovered it for
    him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!

    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this topic here
    on your blog.

  3. I don’t know of any but will share. But if you are on the Port St. Lucie FL area, consider yourself welcome in our home for a meal and fellowship.

      • God has not made anybody Gay! If people were created gay, then they were also created pedophiles, adulterers, murderers, liars, cheats, and the like.

        • Please, being gay is not a sin. How many times do we celibate gay Christians have to explain that having a gay orientation is not a sin nor a crime. Please don’t equate us with pedophiles. Your comments are very insulting and bigoted. Shame on you.

          • I would agree that the proclivity, or orientation is not a sin. But acting on it is. First off, if you are a believer, you need to understand your identity in Christ. There is part of us the Apostle Paul calls “flesh” (Greek word is “Sarx”). There are many manifestations of the flesh, which are human ways to get legitimate needs met in illegitimate ways. No manifestation of the flesh is worse than another, or more of a sin if acted on. I do believe homosexuality is a manifestation of the flesh, so therefore it’s not chosen. One thing you have to realize if you’re a believer is that the “flesh” is part of you (see Romans 7:17,20), but it’s NOT you. For example, I have the propensity to eat or drink too much at times, to be a glutton or a drunk. But that is not my true identity, as my true identity is in Christ, my spirit. The problem of flesh is IN your body, but it’s NOT you. That is quite Biblical. Again, see the passages above. By the same token, no believer in Christ is really “gay”. Homosexuality might be in their flesh, but it is not who they are. This is not taught in probably 95% of churches, as most pastors do not even understand their identity in Christ. I am certain John Pavlovitz does not get this. There is no such thing as “being gay” … Yes, it’s a manifestation of flesh, but it does not define you.

  4. Great blog John! I found this via a link to your open letter to the father of the kid at Stanford, then proceeded to read through several of your other recent posts. It’s unbelievably refreshing to find someone able and willing to articulate these things in an open but respectful manner, while the majority of ‘outlets’ seem more concerned with creating divisiveness or simply flaming others.

    • There’s a big difference between “cashing in” and reaching out from a position of true concern and compassion. A person like John is clearly all about the latter.

  5. If you re-read what was wrote, I hope you find the point glaringly obvious. We, as Christians, are not to condone ANY sin. We are to be Christ like, and meet people where they are, not where we think we they should be. This was literally Jesus’ ministry. Dying for our sins was His mission. Teaching us how to live was His passion. You will never effectively minister if you are continually judging others. John 8:2-12 is a great example, but sexual sins aren’t the only relevant sins. Prejudice has no place in the church. It has never once paved the way for a lost soul. Yes, it’s a sin. Have you sinned in the last week? I have, several times. Please don’t mistake my point. This is not condemnation toward you. It’s to shine light into a dark and dying world. We are called to love, but we are also called to so much more than that.

    • The Bible clearly differentiates sexual sin from others as “sinning against your own body “. You should never imply otherwise

  6. I grew up on a farm. Your comment, “even animals know better” is interesting, considering that there is considerable homosexual behavior among animals.
    As for the sin of Sodom, Ezekiel 16:43 enumerates them this way: “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”
    May God bless you and lead you into God’s wonderful light.

    • That is a lie about homosexual behavior in animals. Some will attempt a sexual act if they are pardon the expression horny. They are still trying to perform the act as they would with a female. Nothing else. I have some homosexual relatives that I love but they are not to have sex.

    • Thank you Mary Beth. You saved me from having to type the same exact thing.
      (except the growing up on a farm part. I did not.)

    • Regarding the animals, which would have absolutely nothing to do with humans anyway, that behavior is usually about dominance. Ezekiel 16:43 says: Because you have not remembered the days of your youth, but have enraged me with all these things, therefore, behold, I have returned your deeds upon your head, declares the Lord God. Have you not committed lewdness in addition to all your abominations? And if you are suggesting God completely destroyed two cities and all their inhabitants for being arrogant, overfed and unconcerned, it seems unlikely.

  7. I am an atheist. Even so, I am overwhelmed with respect for John, and his refreshingly True Christian views. Yes, I’ve read the King James Bible, and I went to Catholic School. I’ve read the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Still an atheist, though I wish more “Christians” followed the examples and teachings of their god. John really puts meaning behind the oft scorned bumper-sticker “Jesus was a liberal”. This country, overflowing with Christian hypocrites, needs voices like that of Pastor Pavlovitz.

  8. As a recovering Catholic and a current member of an inclusive spiritual community that welcomes ALL and is led by a grounded gifted man who has transformed many around the globe to understand and embrace their oneness with GOD, I am so taken with your authentic posts addressing current issues, concerns and events. You are blessed and a blessing. I look forward to your posts and wish you much peace and abundance.

    • I rember being shocked the first time I read a different version of Cinderella where the ugly sisters were put into barrels with spikes on the inside and rolled down a hill. In another version the sisters weren’t physically ugly, just their behaviour was. Fascinating subject.

    • CL, my not nearly so uptight about human sexuality to grasp at objectification theory darling! Thank you!Stay at Aum mel and I are definitely seperate beings but now we’re joined by a single Thinking Blogger award. What a crazy fun world you’ve created. 🙂 I’m happy. Mel, are you happy?Now, off to spread the meme …

  9. Thank you, John, for your two most recent posts. The one that explains why we are grieving the way we are about the result of this election has helped me tremendously by articulating my emotions. I’d figured out some of it through the haze of my sadness and anger, but you nailed it. Thank you.

    • Yes and amen! Thank you both…John for the post-election articles and Timathea for your comments, my sentiments exactly!

  10. From: Fran
    To: Jim
    I do not care for whom you voted . I care that you voted.
    Again you missed the point

    From: Jim
    To: Fran
    Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 11:42 AM
    Subject: Re: Fwd: Check out https://johnpavlovitz.com/ This is Why We Grieve

    I’ll admit, I did not vote for the sexist, racist liar in chief.
    If you’re comfortable with that person as the President, I would say to be careful what you wish for.

    On Sun, Nov 13, 2016, 11:37 AM Fran
    I am an immigrant….a naturalized citizen…..are you?
    Clinton…Trump….It is the ability to vote that is important.
    It is the constitution that is important.
    It is the Bill if Rights that is important
    Your disagreement is party based. Look at the bigger picture.

    From: Jim
    Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 10:47 AM

    Subject: Re: Fwd: Check out https://johnpavlovitz.com/ This is Why We Grieve

    We’ll agree to disagree.
    When someone tells someone else to leave, there’s not much understanding needed.

    On Sun, Nov 13, 2016, 10:15 AM Fran
    Did you really read what I wrote.?
    I said we are a free people and can change governments every 2 years in Congress, 4 years for a president, and 6 years in the Senate. We vote.
    We do get behind the new presidents because they have won, whether you agree with the party or not. Certainly you must have the knowledge that the last president had a majority in the house and senate for the first 2 years.
    You must realize that the balance of powers took over in the last 6 years. Democracy works only as long as we are able to respond to our dislike of the party in power being voted out.
    Your reference to Putin shows me that you did not understand my words.

    From: Jim
    Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:10 AM
    Subject: Re: Fwd: Check out https://johnpavlovitz.com/ This is Why We Grieve

    The problem with your “theory” Fran, is with two things.
    The first is that the Congress, that obstructed President Obama for 8 years, is unchanged with a Republican president that promises to unleash new laws and regulations on working people that threatens to break the social contract that has been around since the 1930’s.
    The second is the campaign of Trump based in large part on sexism and racism that successfully baited white people.
    I don’t agree with destruction of property, but if free speech offends you, Putin might be glad to have you.

    On Sat, Nov 12, 2016, 10:23 PM Fran wrote:

    As a naturalized citizen, I urge you to find a better country in which to live. In a free country such as ours. you have the freedom to vote with your feet However I can assure you that “Utopia” such as Canada, Sweden, Finland France and Germany etc. are even more restrictive and with larger biases than ours. Perhaps you may find your Nirvana in another world. There is no elsewhere.

    This is about not accepting change. A new broom sweeps clean. Every 4 years we are able to clean house. After 8 years we better clean house or we collect too much rot and dirt.

    This sometimes violent behavior under the guise of disappointment shows signs of anarchy and lack of respect for the very laws that give us the freedom to change parties

    I didn’t see people marching or whining when Dole, McCaine or Romney lost.. They also had the same feelings about values and a way of life.
    that they felt were lost to them.

    These are children marching because they do not understand democracy. These are people that don’t realize that democracy has winners and losers. If they want one party, they would be living in a dictatorship.

    There are 2 Parties for a reason. One balances the other.

    Maybe you would like more parties so that our country would need to be run with coalition governments. Then they would really be upset. Every one would really whine because nobody would have their way.

    Give me a break. The world has not come to an end.. You never know who will be the better president until they have left their mark on history. That takes years.

    My life has seen 13 presidents and now a president elect.. Good presidents usually are not the most popular.. You are prejudging a person before giving them a chance to clean up the messes of the previous presidents.

    Those marching have only known maybe the last 2 elected Presidents and most have no idea how a free government works.


    Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016 7:51 AM
    Subject: Fwd: Check out https://johnpavlovitz.com/ This is Why We Grieve

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    From: Judith
    Subject: Fwd: Check out https://johnpavlovitz.com/ This is Why We Grieve

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    From: Mary
    Subject: Check out https://johnpavlovitz.com/ This is Why We Grieve

    I don’t think you understand us right now.
    I think you think this is about politics.
    I think you believe this is all just sour grapes; the crocodile tears of the losing locker room with the scoreboard going against us at the buzzer.
    I can only tell you that you’re wrong. This is not about losing an election.This isn’t about not winning a contest. This is about two very different ways of seeing the world.
    Hillary supporters believe in a diverse America; one where religion or skin color or sexual orientation or place of birth aren’t liabilities or deficiencies or moral defects. Her campaign was one of inclusion and connection and interdependency. It was about building bridges and breaking ceilings. It was about going high.
    Trump supporters believe in a very selective America; one that is largely white and straight and Christian, and the voting verified this. Donald Trump has never made any assertions otherwise. He ran a campaign of fear and exclusion and isolation—and that’s the vision of the world those who voted for him have endorsed.
    They have aligned with the wall-builder and the professed p*ssy-grabber, and they have co-signed his body of work, regardless of the reasons they give for their vote:
    Every horrible thing Donald Trump ever said about women or Muslims or people of color has now been validated.
    Every profanity-laced press conference and every call to bully protestors and every ignorant diatribe has been endorsed.
    Every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation Mike Pence has championed has been signed-off on.
    Half of our country has declared these things acceptable, noble,American.
    This is the disconnect and the source of our grief today. It isn’t a political defeat that we’re lamenting, it’s a defeat for Humanity.
    We’re not angry that our candidate lost. We’re angry because our candidate’s losing means this country will be less safe, less kind, and less available to a huge segment of its population, and that’s just the truth.
    Those who have always felt vulnerable are now left more so. Those whose voices have been silenced will be further quieted. Those who always felt marginalized will be pushed further to the periphery. Those who feared they were seen as inferior now have confirmation in actual percentages.
    Those things have essentially been campaign promises of Donald Trump, and so many of our fellow citizens have said this is what they want too.
    This has never been about politics.
    This is not about one candidate over the other.
    It’s not about one’s ideas over another’s.
    It is not blue vs. red.
    It’s not her emails vs. his bad language.
    It’s not her dishonesty vs. his indecency.
    It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.
    It’s about religion being weaponized.
    It’s about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women.
    It’s about a barricaded, militarized, bully nation.
    It’s about an unapologetic, open-faced ugliness.
    And it is not only that these things have been ratified by our nation that grieve us; all this hatred, fear, racism, bigotry, and intolerance—it’s knowing that these things have been amen-ed by our neighbors, our families, our friends, those we work with and worship alongside. That is the most horrific thing of all. We now know how close this is.
    It feels like living in enemy territory being here now, and there’s no way around that. We wake up today in a home we no longer recognize. We are grieving the loss of a place we used to love but no longer do. This may be America today but it is not the America we believe in or recognize or want.
    This is not about a difference of political opinion, as that’s far too small to mourn over.

  11. This election has stunned me. I am an immigrant and have lived here for over 25 years. In that time I have experienced what it is to be black and different in America but God has given me the grace to see it for what it is a deep spiritual sickness in the soul of this country. The willingness to ignore the obvious in this election only points to how sick this country and the church is.
    I think that the country was given an opportunity in 2008 to see what God created in the current sitting president. We were given an opportunity to shut the door on prejudice and did we blow it!
    I have been to so many prayer meetings where the agenda was prejudice under the guise of putting the president down for each and every policy he proposed, over time the rhetoric became less a reflection of God’s love and more a revelation of deep held prejudices that were, however, always covered with the love of Jesus. Instead of us grasping the opportunity of opening the heart of the church to God’s way of thinking we turned to this new president elect as the savior from bigotry. Now, only time will tell how the choices the US has made will benefit this country.

    • I am amazed at all the comments. Obama and Hillary have gone against EVERYTHING that is Christian in our country. Just the issue of abortion should be enough for Christians to realize. Give T a chance and see what he does

      • We gave him a chance….and he appointed a white supremacist as his chief strategist. We gave him another chance…and he appointed a known racist as attorney general. We gave him another chance…and all his economic appointments are Wall Street elite who crashed the economy. How many chances are we supposed to give him, exactly?

    • Pavlovitz is teaching & approves of pansexuality, aimed at teens and young adults. (sexual choice not limited to biological sex, gender, gender identity.)

  12. John, I am so impressed with your writing and I feel so much better about my FAITH and how I really feel about LIFE. It has been hard for me to realize that anyone of us in America would put Mr. Trump in control of our Country, Christmas is fast approaching and your Blog of Dec 9 2016 has been of great help. Thank you for being here for us.

  13. I guess I want to state something from the get go. I do not have a relationship as you do, with God. What I do have is a high functioning autistic daughter who believes herself to be pansexual and was raised for the most part by her dad, a homosexual gentleman in a longtime committed relationship. Despite our marriage not working out, he was an amazing dad, and most of the time, an incredibly giving and generous soul. After he passed away of a wretched and terrible illness, I had my daughter come live with me and my current husband. I have been married to this man over 30 years. I absolutely LOVE your words and your passion. You speak from the heart. You speak of a God of love, not hate. You speak of this shameful stooge we now have to bear for the next four years, and you know, essentially, that we blew it in electing this misogynistic, xenophobic, fear driven, stooge. We must stand together as Americans, not necessarily as Christian Americans, to get through this. I hope that you will continue to stand by the LGBTQ community and realize whether they be “God’s children” or “any god’s child” they deserve a place of sanctuary and freedom in my America. They deserve the rights of any other American. My ex-husband never got to commit formally to the man he had spent so many years with. I hope that if my child finds a life partner, no matter the sex, she will be allowed her full right to happiness.

  14. I absolutely believe in searching the bible for spiritual truth. The scriptures you quoted were compelling etc., but you absolutely and totally lost me “In all of God’s creation, even animals know better”. Those are the sentiments that keep those struggling with their sexually away from the church.

  15. Thank you, Pastor, for stating very clearly that Mr. Trump represents everything that our Lord was against.
    I’m Episcopalian and my church is also working in the same line as you.
    I signed for your newsletter.
    Blanca Acosta PhD

  16. I just found your lovely site. Thanks for putting this out there.

    One thing, I love the mosiac you’re standing in front of. Where is that ? Who made that?


  17. I’ll go For me it’s the Space Captain Smith Boy’s Own adventures meets Britishproblems, they’re just so funny in a dementedly imperialistic way, and stuffed with mucky humour and sci-fi If that’s tickled anyone’s fancy, there’s a free short story set in the Space Captain Smith universe HERE Edit for punctuation!

  18. Hey John, with your book tour and all, how about adding a speaking calendar so we can catch up with ya.

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