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…]

Barack Obama Speech to the DNC 2012 Transcript

Michelle, I love you. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, you make me so proud…but don’t get any ideas, you’re still going to class tomorrow. And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could ever hope for. Madam Chairwoman, delegates, [Read More…]

Transcript of Joe Biden’s Speech from the DNC 2012

My fellow Democrats, and my favorite Democrat. Jilly, I want you to know that Beau, Hunt, Ashley, and I are so proud of you. We admire the way you treat every single student who walks into your classroom. You not only teach them. You give them confidence. And the passion you bring to easing the [Read More…]

Thoughts on Day 02 of the DNC 2012 – Bill Clinton Delivers the Policy Narrative Obama Has Struggled to Articulate

Bill Clinton should still be a political punch line. After the Monica Lewinsky scandal and his impeachment by the House of Representatives one might think that he would still be too radioactive for the prime time slot at the DNC. Apparently not… because last night Bill Clinton stole the show. It was a legend do [Read More…]

Transcript of Bill Clinton’s Speech to the DNC 2012 – (Actual Transcribed Remarks)

Now, Mr. Mayor, fellow Democrats, we are here to nominate a president… and I’ve got one in mind. I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. I want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy [Read More…]

A Few Thoughts on Day 01 of the DNC 2012

If you missed night 01 of the DNC2012 – here’s the one paragraph summary: “Democrats opened their convention here on Tuesday night with two simple messages for voters: Mitt Romney does not get it, and President Obama does. A parade of Democratic officials spent the first hours of the gathering detailing a political indictment of [Read More…]

Transcript for Michelle Obama’s Speech – DNC 2012

Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country. And everywhere I’ve gone, in the people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit. I have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth that [Read More…]

Tuesdays with Walter Part 01 – Leading A Church that is More American than Christian

We have a strange habit on the staff of Redemption Church where I pastor. Instead of reading from 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 classic work The Prophetic Imagination. Walter [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m having sock trouble. Today I ran out of regular socks and I’m wearing these Drymax running socks that came with my last pair of running shoes. They make my feet sweat, which is making it hard for me to concentrate. Why do these things squeeze so much? I confess that I [Read More…]