Lent 3A – John 4:5-42: The Samaritan Woman at the Well

This is the sermon I preached last Sunday at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.03.23 – Lent 03 John 4:5-42 – The Samaritan Woman at the Well We are in the season of Lent – our own 40 days in the wilderness during which [Read More...]

Jesus Smoothies: A Little Friday Funny

Every now and then I have one of those days when I struggle to make sense of the work I do. One of my favorite antidotes – if I can find the time – is to watch an episode of Rev. from the BBC. It’s my own creamy tropical Jesus splash, which is, for the [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I went skiing last week with my family and didn’t get any blogging done. I had a couple of posts ready to go ahead of time, but the internet connection at the place we stayed was impossibly slow and I could never get them posted. My apologies for disappearing for a week. [Read More...]

Leprechaun Prank: A Little Friday Funny

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so here’s a little Friday Funny. How did this guy make it through without getting punched at least once? Happy Friday everyone. [Read more...]

A Look at How I Manuscript a Sermon: Lent 1A Matthew 4:1-11 – Temptation in the Wilderness


I’m posting the transcript of my message from last week again here today, but with a look at my method, and how I work using a manuscript. I usually type my talks out word for word, but I have always preferred to work from an outline when I’m speaking. So what I settled on early [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I messed up daylight savings time yesterday. This isn’t the first time for me. This twice-yearly one hour shift always has just a little bit more at stake when you are in ministry, because Sunday is a work day. I don’t remember ever having a problem with it until about four years [Read More...]

Steve Martin Demonstrates an Effective Evangelism Technique: A Little Friday Funny

  I have become convinced that the most compelling rationale for the veracity of the gospel is a transformed life. A life which exhibits the freedom, peacefulness, and healing found in Christ is the most meaningful witness anyone could ever have … or you could do this. Happy Friday everyone. [Read more...]

Epiphany 8A – Matthew 6:24-34 “Do Not Worry”

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. I must acknowledge that I stole the Harlow idea & some of the intro wording from John Ortberg’s sermon on Living beyond anxiety. Epiphany 8A – Matthew 6:24-34 Do Not [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday Service Ideas & Why this Day is so Important

“What good is it to live long when we improve so little? A long life does not always improve us; in fact, it often adds to our problems. Would that we could spend even one day well in this world. Many people count the years of their lives in Christ, but often not much comes [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional


I confess that my mom and dad have now been married for 50 years. I can’t begin to express what a gift it is to be raised by parents who know what it means to love. What I learned from mom and dad, among many other things, was that love equals fidelity over time. I [Read More...]

Frederick Buechner on the day he Signed his first Book Deal


To an achiever (enneagram 3) like myself, a passage like this one calls into question so much of the basic programming of my life, and the way I have chosen to pursue happiness since I was very young. I’m grateful to Frederick Buechner for many reasons, but perhaps the most important is for the way [Read More...]

Jeff Gordon Teaches us How to Make an Enemy a Friend: a Little Friday Funny

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explicitly forbids taking any kind of revenge, or escalating a conflict toward violence or lawsuits. Instead he recommends that we use our imagination to win over our critics/haters, to make our enemies into friends. Last year NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon filmed a Pepsi-MAX commercial where he took an [Read More...]