Rev.’s Take on Church Growth – the IED Methodology: A Little Friday Funny

I actually think I might have sat in on this session at one time or another… a touch of reductio ad absurdum  from Fr. Roland Wise can be helpful in terms of helping us to acknowledge just how deeply our faith has been shaped by the American story of bigger, better, stronger, higher, faster. Happy [Read More...]

This is the Only Statement I’m Making about the World Vision Debacle: Lent 4A; John 9:1-41 & The Man Born Blind


2014.03.24 – Lent 04 John 9:1-41 – The Man Born Blind There was a story in the news a few years back – a man in the UK had been fired from his job for religious reasons. I figured it was an evangelical or Jehovah’s witness proselytizing at work. Turns out it was a English [Read More...]

Best Prank Ever: Sidd Finch & Why April Fools’ Day is Stupid

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I have a problem with April Fools’ Day… several, actually. First: apostrophe or no apostrophe? Isn’t it acceptable to write “April Fools Day,” sans apostrophe? And if we are to go with an apostrophe, where do you put it? “April Fool’s Day” or “April Fools’ Day”? I’m pretty sure it is the latter, which means there [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional


I confess that I’m on week two of trying to take a Sabbath on Friday. It didn’t work very well last week, although I did work ahead enough to have an entire Saturday with my family, which was pretty big for me. The whole plan is contingent upon my ability to get sermon prep started [Read More...]

Lent 3A – John 4:5-42: The Samaritan Woman at the Well

This is the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.03.23 – Lent 03 John 4:5-42 – The Samaritan Woman at the Well We are in the season of Lent – our own 40 days in the wilderness during which [Read More...]

Jesus Smoothies: A Little Friday Funny

Every now and then I have one of those days when I struggle to make sense of the work I do. One of my favorite antidotes – if I can find the time – is to watch an episode of Rev. from the BBC. It’s my own creamy tropical Jesus splash, which is, for the [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I went skiing last week with my family and didn’t get any blogging done. I had a couple of posts ready to go ahead of time, but the internet connection at the place we stayed was impossibly slow and I could never get them posted. My apologies for disappearing for a week. [Read More...]

Leprechaun Prank: A Little Friday Funny

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so here’s a little Friday Funny. How did this guy make it through without getting punched at least once? Happy Friday everyone. [Read more...]

A Look at How I Manuscript a Sermon: Lent 1A Matthew 4:1-11 – Temptation in the Wilderness


I’m posting the transcript of my message from last week again here today, but with a look at my method, and how I work using a manuscript. I usually type my talks out word for word, but I have always preferred to work from an outline when I’m speaking. So what I settled on early [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I messed up daylight savings time yesterday. This isn’t the first time for me. This twice-yearly one hour shift always has just a little bit more at stake when you are in ministry, because Sunday is a work day. I don’t remember ever having a problem with it until about four years [Read More...]