Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that a lot of pastors I know take Mondays off, but I have never been able to do this. Monday feels like the main day for me to try and make some headway on my constantly over-long to-do list. I confess that today’s list seems daunting and demoralizing, so I may not get [Read More…]

Embracing the Power of Contemplation

Over the past few years I’ve found Richard Rohr to be such a helpful guide in my quest to grow up and actually be a follower of Jesus. As a Protestant, it’s been important for me to find people from the Catholic faith to teach me the things that God has preserved for his people [Read More…]

Kansas Sec. of State Considering Removing President Obama’s name from the Ballot

I’m a Kansan born and bred. I graduated from a state school (K-State), and even cheer for the Jayhawks now and then (not when they play K-State, of course). But I’m feeling a bit embarrassed of my state officials today. Slate is reporting that there is a birther initiative to consider taking president Obama’s name [Read More…]

The Film at the Center of the Middle East Protests Was Produced by American Christians

I just watched the 14 min trailer for the film at the center of the violent protests which claimed the life of Ambassador Stevens. I’m not a film critic, but I think it’s safe to say that this is terrible stuff. It reminds me of the Monty Python Life of Brian stuff in that it’s [Read More…]

Do You Get to Use Your Strengths at Work? A New Gallup Study Says a Majority of Americans Don’t

I read an interesting bit of research this morning from the Gallup organization on whether or not people feel as though they get to use their strengths throughout the day as a normal part of their working life. The research was a part of all of the Strengths-Finder stuff they’ve put out over the years. [Read More…]

How I Got Saved at Age Six (and lived to tell about it)

I’m on retreat and was reflecting on my baptism. Here’s what I wrote: I was six years old when I prayed the prayer I was told would allow me to become a Christian. It was a Sunday night in the little church I grew up in. Our children’s Choir was rehearsing on the stage because [Read More…]

Tuesdays With Walter Part 02 – How To Become A Prophet In Two Simple Steps

At Redemption Church our staff doesn’t read leadership books, we read about theology and scripture, so we can be formed by a story and tradition untainted by contemporary church leadership paradigms. Right now we are reading Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination. For the next few weeks my Tuesday blog entry will deal with this book [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional: Why Is There Always Something Wrong With Me?

Since the move to Patheos a lot of new readers have found their way to Paperback Theology. I thought it might be a good idea to explain Monday Morning Confessional a little bit. Confession is an imprecise yet powerful spiritual discipline. It’s one of those practices we have to just force into our routine by [Read More…]

Bob Newhart’s Version of Pastoral Care and Counselling

They don’t teach this method at Seminary – at least not that I ever encountered. I’m reading the book of Nehemiah every week for seven or eight weeks while I preach through it at my church. It’s been pretty interesting to read the story of the exiled community returning to find their city in ruins [Read More…]

A Few Thoughts On Obama’s Speech to the DNC2012 – The Call for Community Trumps the Primacy of the Individual

You can make anyone in public life sound like the devil if you cherry pick remarks, use them out of context, distort their true meaning, and leave out key details. Granted, some public figures make it easy to do (I’m looking at you Paul Ryan). But last night’s speech by Barack Obama was pretty long [Read More…]