Part 2 – Saving Ourselves for Post-Marriage

“Couldn’t find any precedent for that in the Bible, but we’re gonna go with it.” Christians… we are such a weird people. Thankfully we have folks like Tripp & Tyler who continue to poke at Christian sub-culture & teach us how to laugh at ourselves (and hopefully change & grow). Happy Friday everyone. [Read more...]

How Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos Completely Bungles the Philosophy of Religion & Science

I’m reading Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States at the moment,  so I’m a a bit sensitized to what is said by the “experts.” But even if I wasn’t, Neil deGrasse Tyson would still bother me. I was excited about the new Cosmos broadcast, optimistically setting our DVR to tape every episode. But after [Read More...]

Easter 4A – John 10:1-10 – The Good Shepherd


I’m off the lectionary path for a quick 2 week series on the Temple. So, I wanted to post this sermon from Easter 4A that I did three years ago when were last in Year A. If you are a pastor please feel free to copy and steal everything below. Easter 4A – John 10:1-18 [Read More...]

Poverty, Inequality are Symptoms of a Fundamental Problem: We Want to Live Without Limits


Do a Google Image search for the phrase “No Limits” and see how many of the hits are from churches promoting a sermon series by that title. That’ll tell you how far off the church is on one of the most important problems plaguing our contemporary culture. It seems as though we’ve reached a tipping [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I just finished season one of The Vikings, and started in on the second season last night. I confess that the Season 2 premier was a bit disappointing. They jumped so far ahead in the story that I felt a little bit lost, like I had missed a few episodes or they [Read More...] This is Wrong (and Hilarious) on So Many Levels

Every subculture is strange, but evangelical subculture is stranger. There are these highly defended idiosyncratic cultural markers influenced by a small number of Christian entertainers, megachurch pastors, authors, and celebrities. It’s a language. And when somebody who really understands the subculture and speak the language starts to lampoon it, I can never resist. So meet [Read More...]

Hauerwas and… Mohler? Notes From An Unlikely Conversation

hauerwas mohler

This has to be one of the more unlikely conversations I’ve ever heard between to men I have come to view quite differently over the years. I grew up a Southern Baptist in the midst of a sweet little church in Kansas whose practices far exceeded their own theology. So Al Mohler–as the author and [Read More...]

Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders

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“People have been looking for Jesus for a long time, but never quite like this.” – N.T. Wright, “Five Gospels but No Gospel” I’ve heard many descriptions of the historical Jesus over the years. Garrett Glass’ Jesus seems as unfamiliar to me as any. Billed as a work of historical fiction, the self-published Jehoshua: Signs and [Read More...]

Botched Oklahoma Execution: Killing in the Name of the State

Texas Death Chamber

It least 4.1% of death row inmates are innocent of the crime for which they are sentenced to die. That fact alone should be enough to stop capital punishment for good. Couple that with the reality that states without the death penalty consistently have lower murder rates, and you’ve got a solid argument against. Add [Read More...]

How to Talk to Your Children About God (Rainy Day Repost)


It’s pouring down rain in Kansas City, so here’s a little rainy day repost from a little over a year ago. The post was developed from questions I have gotten over the years from parents in my church who are trying their best to pass along their faith to their children. They don’t want to [Read More...]