About Tim Suttle

Find out more about Tim at TimSuttle.com

Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of RedemptionChurchkc.com. 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.

Dr. Stuart Brown’s Seven Properties of Play

Summer break is here and it’s time to play, but do you really know how? Many adults, it seems, have distanced themselves from any kind of meaningful play. In his book Play, Dr. Stuart Brown says that when we lose are connection to play, we pay a high price. In fact, Brown says, “The opposite of play [Read More…]

On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation: Now up at HuffPo

  A version of the recent post “On the Importance of Disappointing Your Congregation” is now up at The Huffington Post. I have been grateful as I watch the numbers grow on the original post here at Paperback Theology. I think the appetite for the ideas presented in this article should be seen as a willingness on the part [Read More…]

MNU Chapel Sermon on Doubt:

A few weeks back I had the chance to speak at the MNU Chapel service. This is the video of the talk. It’s an exploration of the importance of doubt for the Christian life, and the human experience. I hope you’ll have a chance to watch… feel free to give me notes!       [Read more…]

Wendell Berry on the Trinity

It’s Trinity Sunday today, so here’s a quick quote from Wendell Berry and his great novel Jayber Crow. Berry is not only an author and poet, but a fairly sophisticated theologian. This quote is of Jayber reflecting upon what he learned about the nature of God, and how it fits with what he knew of the [Read More…]

On The Importance Of Disappointing Your Congregation…

Question: How are you doing? Answer: busy… how many times have you heard that? How many times have you said that? As a pastor, Eugene Peterson is the voice in the back of my head. When I experience challenges in my vocation, my sense of direction, or conflict in my understanding of my role as [Read More…]

Building Tiny Houses For Homeless Veterans

This is a great story from Frank Morris at KCUR – Kansas City Public Radio – involving a Redemption Church member named White Hawk. I hope you’ll take time to read it, or listen to it. The story is about the effort to try and help get more of KC’s homeless off the streets by building [Read More…]

Is Church Membership Still Relevant?

In a world in which a premium is placed on having what we want, when we want it… In a society in which we our constantly told that every need can be met, and every problem can be solved… In a culture in which we are bombarded with images of false perfection and, static idealism… [Read More…]

Church Lady Came Back To SNL w/Special Guests: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

The church lady came back to SNL with guest appearances by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump… if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s totally worth watching. Here’s the clip & a few of my favorite lines: CL: “We’ve landed on the exciting presidential matchup between a godless liberal democrat and Hillary Clinton.” CL to TC: “Was [Read More…]

Fixed Hour Prayer Resources: A Few Simple Ways to Pray the Daily Office

Here are a few of the websites and books I’ve used over the years to help me explore the practice of Fixed Hour Prayer. I am usually a late adopter in terms of technology, so although I’ve tried a few apps, I haven’t found anything I recommend yet. Some of the following resources have a corresponding app [Read More…]

Ten Great Quotes About Doubt & the Christian Experience

I’ve been thinking about doubt a lot lately, and its central importance in the act of faith. Over the years I’ve come to believe that if you don’t, at one time or another, doubt nearly every aspect of the Christian faith, then you are simply not taking it seriously. Here are a few of my [Read More…]


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