Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I woke up in the middle of the night with a fever and a head-cold. I confess that this ticks me off not because I will feel rotten for awhile, but because I need to have a productive day & feeling sick will threaten that. I confess that this is surely a sign of my issues regarding productivity and self-worth. The only upside I can see is that sometimes antihistamines can help me concentrate better – does that mean I have ADHD?

I confess that I am not a very fast reader, although I wish I were. I confess that I would probably trade an appendage for that skill, I would gladly give any toe on either foot except my big toes – I need those for making hellacious cuts when playing basketball with my 8 year old son. I would also consider trading my ring finger on my right hand – that way there would be only minimal limitation on guitar & I could probably find a way to work around it on piano – although I would rather do the deal w/a toe. Seriously, I want to trade my toe so as to be able to speed read – nothing record breaking, I’m talking a book a day kind of speed reading powers.

I confess that I think the word “missional” is the new “seeker” when it comes to church leadership. I confess that I have issues being cynical about the new trend of mega-churches using missional language in order to appear hip. I confess that I am never more at my worst than when I am being cynical and that it is like poison to my soul. I confess that I’m never more at my best that when I am being hopeful and wanting the best for others – even those who co-opt the language of mission to become more of a big deal… there I did it again.

I confess that I would have no problem voting for a Mormon.

I confess that I wish the Chiefs would keep losing so we can get a higher draft pick. I confess that I hate hearing the yearly stories about the 72 Dolphins cracking open Champaign bottles each time the final undefeated team loses.

I confess that I found “Gilead” on the clearance shelf at Half Price Books and bought it for one dollar even though I already have a copy, and that I did this solely because I can now give one copy away. So if you want a copy of Gilead, come see me. I confess that I will not charge you a dollar.

About Tim Suttle

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Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

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    I confess that I am grateful that you are my friend and that this city is a better place to live and serve God because you are in it!