Easter 7A – The Ascension of Christ: Acts 1:6-14


This is the sermon I preached last week at Redemption Church. I borrowed heavily from a great sermon Barbara Brown Taylor wrote and published in her book Home By Another Way - which is essential for any pastor who preaches through the lectionary. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.06.01 [Read More...]

On the Hubris of Prayer Experts: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Part I


I’m reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard right now. This morning I was reminded one of the great lessons Dillard, and others like her, have taught me about prayer. She says that when you actually catch a glimpse of the holy, you are innately aware at the time that it is so rare [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have initiated operation woodpecker lockout. I didn’t really give it a name, but it’s getting pretty real around here nonetheless. I have previously confessed my fear of heights. (Technically, I’m not afraid of heights I’m afraid of falling. And not so much falling as hitting the ground at a high rate [Read More...]

At What Point did Laughter Become a Problem? (A Little Friday Funny)

I don’t usually post stuff like this. Cats, dogs, and babies always seem a bit below the belt for a Friday Funny. But this is such a rich emotional experience. I couldn’t resist. If you have kids this probably happened to you a few times–the first full on belly laugh. The kid just goes for [Read More...]

A Missional Reading of the High Priestly Prayer: Easter 7A – John 17:1-11

I preached this sermon in 2013. If you are a pastor feel free to copy and steal everything. Easter 7A – John 17:1-11 A Missional Reading of the High Priestly Prayer Read text first. Just Southeast of Rome about 100 miles there is a little town called Roseto Valfortore. It’s a pretty unremarkable town – [Read More...]

Zac Little and Saintseneca’s Dark Ark: Isaac Anderson’s Review of the Best New Band I’ve Heard in Years

Early in the spring I sat in the passenger seat of my friend Isaac Anderson’s car listening to an EP by a band he was thinking about writing about. I’ve spent most of my life playing in bands. I’ve signed record deals and tracked my radio hits. I’ve cashed my royalty checks like they’d always [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’ve begun hitting snooze too often on my 5:30am wake up. I started this schedule in mid-March and until now I have successfully limited myself to one snooze, if any. Last week of school, though… not good. I think I’m at that point in forming a new habit where the novelty is [Read More...]

Malcolm Gladwell: The Most Obscene Thing Ever Said on Wall Street

Cue the Gladwell haters… Happy Friday everyone! [Read more...]

Easter 5A – Acts 7:55-60; The Martyrdom of Stephen

Here’s my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.05.18 – Easter 05 Acts 7 – Martyrdom of Steven Awhile back I heard a story about a woman named Marie Walsh; just your typical suburban soccer mom: married for 23 years to a successful accountant, three [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am headed up to Conception Abbey on retreat for the next few days. I’m not sure how much of a committed blogger I’ll be during that time. There’s no wifi at the abbey (although I hear there might have been some discussion about beginning to offer it… not sure how I [Read More...]