Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that my first full time church staff position was at a church in Lee’s Summit, MO called Lakeland Community Church. I started there in 1996. Yesterday was my first time to preach again at Lakeland since sometime in 1998. I confess that before I jumped into my sermon I was introducing myself to [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I continue to be convinced that Monday Morning Confessional can be a really important weekly ritual. I know that these confessions are fairly benign, and partly for entertainment, but confessing here on Mondays is helping me to exercise an important muscle. Confession is a learned habit. The ability to confess lasts about as long as [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I sometimes cuss during football games and basketball games, but only if I really care who wins. I confess that I never feel the need to cuss during baseball games – and it’s not for lack of caring; yet more evidence that baseball is the morally superior sport. I further confess that [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am still learning how to take a day off. One of the realizations I’m coming to is the idea that taking an actual Sabbath day requires a lot of preparation. Saturday has to be a pretty productive day, and I have to think ahead about what needs to be done in [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’ve been so happy over the past few weeks as more of you are jumping into on Monday Morning Confessional with confessions of your own (mostly on Facebook). If we aren’t friends yet, send me an invite & you can read them there. I confess that I think confession is essential to [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m writing today’s confession from Albuquerque. I confess that I had to spell-check Albuquerque. I have been through Albuquerque before, but have never spent any time here, so this is a first… and I really like firsts. I’m sitting in an open air market in the Old Town, watching the street vendors [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

“Come on children… you’re acting like children.” – Jeff Tweedy I confess that I am harboring seriously ill-feelings toward House Republicans. Seriously I am struggling with anger this morning and it is directed at the U.S. House of Representatives. The government shutdown is squarely the fault of House Republicans who are living in lala-land. Here’s [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I did not confess last week. I’ve been taking Monday off as a true Sabbath in order to gain at least a little bit of ground toward a more sane pace of life. Kristin and I have spent the better part of the past two Mondays together, going to museums or seeing [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Redemption Church. In our society 8 out of 10 start-up churches never make it to their tenth year. I feel really grateful ours did. Lots of old friends came back to be with us for the morning and it was good to see their faces. I [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m getting a slow start to my Monday. I can always tell how much energy my previous week required by how much of an early start I am able to get on Monday. Self-awareness has never been my strong suit, and the ability to admit to myself that I’m tired and need [Read More...]


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