Malcolm Gladwell: The Most Obscene Thing Ever Said on Wall Street

Cue the Gladwell haters… Happy Friday everyone! [Read more...]

Easter 5A – Acts 7:55-60; The Martyrdom of Stephen

Here’s my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.05.18 – Easter 05 Acts 7 – Martyrdom of Steven Awhile back I heard a story about a woman named Marie Walsh; just your typical suburban soccer mom: married for 23 years to a successful accountant, three [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am headed up to Conception Abbey on retreat for the next few days. I’m not sure how much of a committed blogger I’ll be during that time. There’s no wifi at the abbey (although I hear there might have been some discussion about beginning to offer it… not sure how I [Read More...]

How Has Pop Music Really Gotten This Stupid? Yes. The Answer is Yes: A Little Friday Funny

You’ll have to forgive me, but I’m just a little bit pissed off. I think I’ve made my thoughts about contemporary pop music pretty clear–you can read a full post on the subject here. It’s not a lack of ability. The pool of talent is rich and diverse: great musicians, singers, songwriters, producers, dancers, performers–these folks [Read More...]

We are the New Temple


This is the message from last week at my church. We took a quick break from the lectionary to hook up with our mother church, Heartland Community Church, and do a two part series called “Temple Jenga.” If you are a pastor feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.05.11 – Temple Jenga Mark 13 [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I think the Red Headed Woodpeckers that pecked through our chimney and made a nest in the wall have apparently moved on. I’ve not seen the pair around lately, so it’s probably time to start patching over their handiwork. I can do the woodwork. The difficult part is the ladder, because I’m [Read More...] 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...]