Monday Morning Confessional: Confessions of a Neurotic Pastor & Father

I confess that I’ve been neglectful of the blog as of late. It’s not that I’ve developed a disdain for blogging, I’ve just developed a penchant for time management and priorities… family mostly. I am acutely aware of my children’s ages right now. They are 8 and 10. 8 more years and the oldest goes [Read More...]

What to Do When Your Engines Fail: Ordinary Time & Discipleship (Matthew 10:24-33)

This is my sermon from last Sunday at Redemption Church. If you are pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. You guys remember this? This is January, 2009; US Air Flight 1549 out of LaGuardia headed for Charlotte. A normal day, weather was fine, crew was experienced, but about 90 seconds into the flight [Read More...]

Paul Raushenbush’s Advice to his 25 Year-Old Self

Caught this great list from Paul Raushenbush today, writing to his 25 year-old self on the occasion of his 50th birthday. There are some powerful words of advice in this list. I picked out my top five (plus one) and listed them below. There are so many here that I wish I would heed even [Read More...]

Matthew 28: Go and Make Disciples

This is my sermon from last week at Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy and steal anything that might help you as you prepare to lead your own congregation in worship. I have to acknowledge up front that I got the knowing/doing v. being/relating rubric from my friend Tim Keel. [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional


I confess that I left work early last Wednesday to go work in my yard. I never do this, well hardly ever. I was trying to prepare for a sermon, but nothing was clicking. So I figured I’d head out, use the church pickup truck to go get a load of mulch and dirt for [Read More...]

Justice is Not Important For It’s Own Sake: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Social Justice


“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 Micah really hit it out of the park with that single sentence… pure poetry. “He has told you, O Mortal, [Read More...]

Pentecost Year A, Acts 2:1-2 – The Breath of God

2014.06.08 Pentecost Year A Acts 2:1-2 Today is a big day in terms of church Calendar; the culmination of many months of telling Story of God. We’ve walked thru Advent, waiting for God to show up, longing, crying out in the darkness. We’ve walked through Christmas—incarnation—and the life, teaching, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. [Read More...]

Frederick Buechner, Richard Curtis, and the Grace of Time: A Rainy Day Repost


“There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize him or not recognize him, but all the more fascinatingly because of that, all the more compellingly and hauntingly… Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that the blurbs are all in, and the foreword came through for Shrink last week, which means that everything I’m responsible to help with in terms of content for the book is crossed off the list. I have been overjoyed at the response from the early readers. Scot McKnight wrote the foreword, and [Read More...]

When I’m in Pain, This is What I Listen to Now

Music has always been a pretty big part of my life. When I was a little boy my dad was a football coach. During August two-a-days, while he was drilling his players late into the dusk of the evening my mom would put us four kids around the piano and teach us a song to [Read More...]