It’s a Bizarre Time to be Living on the Border of Kansas and Missouri


I live in Kansas City, where the line between Kansas and Missouri is somewhat obscured. Kansas Citians cheer for the same sports teams, we shop and eat on both sides of the border. Personally, I’ve lived on the Kansas and Missouri sides of the city, and have planted churches in the suburbs of each state. The Kansas [Read More...]

The Fisher King: Robin Williams and the Wounds that Made and Unmade His Life


In Arthurian legend, The Fisher King is the latest in the line of kings chosen to live in the Grail Castle, guarding and protecting the Holy Grail. But the Fisher king is not a valiant quester like Arthur and his knights. The Fisher King is not actually whole. He has been wounded, uncomfortably, in the [Read More...]

The Mark Driscoll Effect: Size Impedes Pastoral Accountability

This was inevitable, right? I mean, seriously, one cannot be terribly surprised to hear that the Acts 29 Network gave Mark Driscoll and his Mars Hill Church of Seattle their walking papers last week. The Acts 29 Network, founded by the machismo-driven and scandal-plagued megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll is an enormous, complex, and powerful force within [Read More...]

All In On WooWoo – A Little Friday Funny

So, I’m attempting to come down from a bit of an unplanned blog hiatus. I didn’t mean to orphan the blog for a few weeks. I just needed some space from the daily grind of producing a post, mostly in order to engage with my family in a more intentional way this summer. I’ve been [Read More...]

The Hidden Kingdom: How We Get There is Where We Are Going

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This was originally drafted as a sermon for Redemption Church on July 27, 2014. I rely heavily on a chapter from the book What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell, Reshaping National Intelligence for an Age of Information by Gregory Treverton, and The Seeds of Heaven by Barbara Brown Taylor (who is savant-like at sermon [Read More...]

Welcome to Costco – I Love You

There’s a certain private prayer I find myself saying a lot these days. It’s a prayer of lament, a one-line joke cribbed from the movie Idiocracy. I utter this prayer under my breath when I hear a song, see a movie trailer, stumble upon TMZ, or overhear conversations in supermarkets, restaurants and public spaces–pretty much [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I love pop-tarts despite the fact that they have to be just about the worst food you could possibly put into your body. I can’t help it. I love them. My favorite pop-tarts in order would be Chocolate, Strawberry, Smores, and Cherry. I try to only let myself eat them 3-4 times [Read More...]

Ordinary 15A / 16A – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds: A Sermon from Matthew 13


This is my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.07.13 – Discipleship Matt. 13 – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds During a sabbatical a few years back, Kristin and I took a trip to Ireland. We rented a tiny car, drove south along the [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning & I turned it off and went back to sleep. I woke up at 8:30. I went to bed at 10:30 last night. I don’t think I’ve slept ten straight hours in years, except maybe when I’ve been sick.  I must have really needed some [Read More...]

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...]