Lutheran Satire’s Take on Ash Wednesday (A Little Friday Funny)

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In order to really get this video, one must appreciate how truly difficult it is to make Lent funny. I think my favorite line is, “I’m surprised you haven’t heard about this. We invited every member of your church.” …so funny. Happy Friday everybody.   [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday Service Ideas & Why This Day is So Important

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“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...]

Why Evangelicals Need to Observe Lent

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Evangelicals need to observe Lent, in part, because our troubling lack of tradition leaves us untethered from the past. A church without the great traditions of the faith is like a church with amnesia. Rejecting tradition means submitting ourselves and our churches to the tyranny of the relevant, the oligarchy of the innovative, and the arrogance of the avant-garde. [Read More...]

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

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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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

Lent as an Intentional Wilderness Experience: Barbara Brown Taylor and Cloud Cult Show the Way

Hold your breath for a better day, and you’ll never learn how to breathe.  You’re afraid of the dark, but that’s where you learn to see.  Your no good to the living if you’re too afraid to bleed.  And that’s why your show starts now Your show starts now. – The Show Starts Now, by [Read More...]

Lenten Question of the Week: What Distractions/Addictions are Keeping You From God?

Lenten Question of the Week: What distractions or addictions are keeping you apart from God, love, and abundant life? It’s an interesting question. Richard Rohr teaches that 95%+ of human thought is repetitive and useless. If he’s right then the answer to that question is: me. I am the distraction, the addiction that keeps me from [Read More...]

The Wisdom of Henri Nouwen: How Vulnerability Comes to Life During Lent

For Lent this year I’m fasting from all foods after 9pm. The reason I’m doing this is not very interesting. It’s just that I typically use up all of my will power about 8:30 and by the time I hit the sack two hours later, I’ve usually eaten around a thousand calories of junk. I’m [Read More...]


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