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...]

Frederick Buechner, Richard Curtis, and the Grace of Time: A Rainy Day Repost


“There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize him or not recognize him, but all the more fascinatingly because of that, all the more compellingly and hauntingly… Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that the blurbs are all in, and the foreword came through for Shrink last week, which means that everything I’m responsible to help with in terms of content for the book is crossed off the list. I have been overjoyed at the response from the early readers. Scot McKnight wrote the foreword, and [Read More...]

When I’m in Pain, This is What I Listen to Now

Music has always been a pretty big part of my life. When I was a little boy my dad was a football coach. During August two-a-days, while he was drilling his players late into the dusk of the evening my mom would put us four kids around the piano and teach us a song to [Read More...]

What Was Your Worst Summer Job Ever?: Jimmy Fallon’s Hashtags

I’ve had a lot of bad summer jobs. I drove a school bus for summer school. These kids were not happy. I drove a vending machine route–not glamorous. I did, however, quickly get over the embarrassment of buying cheeseburgers with dimes. Worst summer job had to be working ball diamond maintenance, dragging and chalking fields [Read More...]

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Part II

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I’m reading Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, and continuing to reflect upon the nature of prayer and the presence of God. If you dive into this work, you have to know Dillard spends an inordinate amount of the book reflecting on the minutiae of the ordinary–the intricate details of nature of which she [Read More...]

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...]