Good and Bad News for Christmas & Easter Christians: A Little Friday Funny

So I found a neologism as yet unknown to me: Chreastians. It’s a mash-up of Christmas, Easter, and Christian meant to refer to the folks who only come around on Christmas and Easter. It’s a bad word both aesthetically and in it’s derogatory intention. Apparently there’s also the word Chreasters (Christmas and Easter) – equally troublesome. [Read More...]

Ten Facts About Da Vinci’s Last Supper: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday


Every year on Maundy Thursday I wake up thinking about this painting. I’ve never seen it in person (bucket list), but I’ve known about it nearly my entire life. A copy of it was framed and hung in the second and third-grade Sunday School room in the tiny little Southern Baptist Church my family attended. [Read More...]

Lent 6A, Palm Sunday: John 19:12-19 – Powerful / Not-Powerful

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin c. 1842

Here’s a transcript of my sermon from last week (Palm Sunday). If you are a pastor please feel free to cut & paste everything. I got much of the historical stuff from commentaries, especially Ken Bailey’s work on Jesus, and from talks by John Ortberg & Rob Bell.     2014.04.15 – Lent 06 John [Read More...]

Walter Brueggemann’s 19 Theses Revisited: A Clarification from Brueggemann Himself


In September 2005, Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann sat with a group of church leaders for a theological discussion as a part of the Emergent Theological Conversation series. In my opinion, this is of the most innovative and fruitful contributions Emergent Village has made over the years. The secret was in the format: they would [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that yesterday was one of the more surreal days I’ve ever experienced at the church where I pastor, or any church I’ve been a part of for that matter. One of our members, a homeless man named Ed Corbin, collapsed and died on the front steps of our church building just before the [Read More...]

Palm Sunday, Power, and Stanley Hauerwas

“The movement that Jesus begins is constituted by people who believe that they have all the time in the world, made possible by God’s patience, to challenge the world’s impatient violence by cross and resurrection.” – Stanley Hauerwas As we set ourselves toward Palm Sunday, I’m reminded of what incredible patience it takes to follow [Read More...]

Frederick Buechner, Richard Curtis, and the Grace of Time


“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...]

Stephen Colbert Taking Over “Late Night” – Will it Work?: A Little Friday Funny

CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will be leaving Comedy Central to replace the outgoing David Letterman as host of “The Late Show,” in what has to be seen as a pretty big gamble. Finding a host with enough appeal to a younger demographic to compete with the quick success of Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of “The [Read More...]

Daycare Costs More than College in 31 States.


Data journalist Christopher Ingraham has an interesting piece up at the Washington Post right now. We all know college is expensive, but when compared to day care costs we have a new reality: “A report last fall by Child Care Aware America, a national organization of child-care resource and referral agencies, found that the annual cost [Read More...]

The Problem with Capitalism is Us

“It is a mistake, at least if you are a Christian, to have your life or theology determined by who you think are your enemies.” (Stanley Hauerwas, A Better Hope, p.9) I don’t have a bee in my bonnet about capitalism. I don’t consider the inhabitants of Wall Street to be my enemies. I tend [Read More...]

Lent 5A: John 11:1-45 – Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead

This is my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything.  2014.04.06 – John 11:1-45 Lent 05 – Jesus Raises Lazarus from the dead Eugene Peterson tells a great story about when he was a kid growing up in tiny little town in Montana. It was late [Read More...]

The Basic Fear that Dominates Your Life Far More Than You Realize


“There has to be a real fear by which one orients his life. What you fear is an indication of what you seek. What do I fear most? Forgetting and ignorance of the inmost truth of my being. To forget who I am, to be lost in what I am not, to fail my own [Read More...]