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

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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...]

What to Do When Your Engines Fail: Ordinary Time & Discipleship (Matthew 10:24-33)

This is my sermon from last Sunday at Redemption Church. If you are pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. You guys remember this? This is January, 2009; US Air Flight 1549 out of LaGuardia headed for Charlotte. A normal day, weather was fine, crew was experienced, but about 90 seconds into the flight [Read More...]

Paul Raushenbush’s Advice to his 25 Year-Old Self

Caught this great list from Paul Raushenbush today, writing to his 25 year-old self on the occasion of his 50th birthday. There are some powerful words of advice in this list. I picked out my top five (plus one) and listed them below. There are so many here that I wish I would heed even [Read More...]

Matthew 28: Go and Make Disciples

This is my sermon from last week at Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy and steal anything that might help you as you prepare to lead your own congregation in worship. I have to acknowledge up front that I got the knowing/doing v. being/relating rubric from my friend Tim Keel. [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that I left work early last Wednesday to go work in my yard. I never do this, well hardly ever. I was trying to prepare for a sermon, but nothing was clicking. So I figured I’d head out, use the church pickup truck to go get a load of mulch and dirt for [Read More...]

Justice is Not Important For It’s Own Sake: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Social Justice

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“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 Micah really hit it out of the park with that single sentence… pure poetry. “He has told you, O Mortal, [Read More...]

Pentecost Year A, Acts 2:1-2 – The Breath of God

2014.06.08 Pentecost Year A Acts 2:1-2 Today is a big day in terms of church Calendar; the culmination of many months of telling Story of God. We’ve walked thru Advent, waiting for God to show up, longing, crying out in the darkness. We’ve walked through Christmas—incarnation—and the life, teaching, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. [Read More...]


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