Kempis on Suffering

“Jesus has many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of his cross. He has many seekers of consolation, but few of tribulation. He finds many companions at His feasting, but few at his fasting. All desire to rejoice in him; few are willing to endure anything for him. Many follow Jesus as far [Read More...]

Fish Get’s it Right

Stanley Fish’s article God-talk helps me to think through some of what has been bantered about on this blog and in some off-line discussions over the past few weeks. As always, it takes someone much more eloquent than I to make sense of what I’m thinking. I don’t agree with everything he’s saying, but I [Read More...]

Secrets in the Dark

“Humanly speaking, if we have any chance to survive, I suspect that it is men and women who act out of that deep impulse (which is best described with words like tolerance, compassion, sanity, hope, justice, love & self-sacrifice) who are our chance. By no means will they themselves bring about the Kingdom of God. [Read More...]

Christianity and the Social Crisis

“A man’s sympathy is a more decisive fact in his activity than his judgment.” p.9 [Read more...]


I had a friend throw Colossians 2:8 at me the other day. We were having a conversation and he was trying to correct what he thought was a flaw in my current spiritual path. He saw me as too open to the post-modern philosophies of the day and that this was allowing me to let [Read More...]

Truth is a person

As I’ve been reflecting on this week’s lectionary passage for Sunday, and upon last weeks passage and sermon, I’m still enthralled with the concept of truth in the scriptures. Today’s lectionary reading fed the fire as well. These are the two passages that stoked my imagination and just a couple of thoughts. 1 John 520And [Read More...]


RC for Redemption Church – cap for re-cap…get it? I’m going to attempt to recap the previous week’s research and message each week here on the blog. If you want to listen to the messages I’m giving, you can go to the RC Website. The Road to Emmaus04.26.09Luke 24:13-35 This week at RC we talked [Read More...]

The Green Man

So every evening while in the UK, we would walk the half a block down to the Green Man pub in Hurst, Berkshire. I have no real frame of reference in Kansas City, or America for that matter, through which to describe these little English pubs, especially the Green Man. If there was a place [Read More...]

Obnoxious Reading List

I’m being shamed by the stack of books at which I indolently stare. I need to read. Maybe this week I’ll make a dent? I thought I’d just get them out there – start a little public humiliation: Jurgen MoltmannTheology of HopeThe Crucified GodThe Church in the Power of the Spirit (Re-read) Walter RauschenbuschChristianity and [Read More...]

Where God Happens Book Discussion

At Redemption Church this Lent, we’ve been studying Where God Happens by Rowan Williams. It’s been a fruitful sort of online Lenten book club. Scott Savage and I have been midrashing this book together, hoping to assist people as they wrestle with the material. We’ve been recording the sessions and posting them here. Williams is [Read More...]