Shawn Merithew’s 9Marks Review of Shrink: A Non-Engaged Engagement

Shrink is my third book, so I’ve been through the review process a few times. I know what the author is supposed to say in response to a critical review. “I enjoy the give and take. The dialogue is helpful. This conversation is why I wrote the book.” Usually I can bring myself to say [Read More...]

All Modern Bible Translations are Good, But Are They Equal? – Scot McKnight & the Politics of Bible Translations

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Scot McKnight has a nice blog post in which he describes why the Bible translation you prefer says something about your personal politics. While I think bible scholars and teachers overestimate the amount of “use” these bible translations actually get (it’s been my experience that most Christians don’t read their bibles much at all), Scot makes an interesting point. [Read More...]

Easter 7A – The Ascension of Christ: Acts 1:6-14

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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...]

Jehoshua: Signs and Wonders

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“People have been looking for Jesus for a long time, but never quite like this.” – N.T. Wright, “Five Gospels but No Gospel” I’ve heard many descriptions of the historical Jesus over the years. Garrett Glass’ Jesus seems as unfamiliar to me as any. Billed as a work of historical fiction, the self-published Jehoshua: Signs and [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that I’m on week two of trying to take a Sabbath on Friday. It didn’t work very well last week, although I did work ahead enough to have an entire Saturday with my family, which was pretty big for me. The whole plan is contingent upon my ability to get sermon prep started [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional – N.T. Wright and Breaking Beautiful

Months ago I was asked to write six chapters to accompany a video series – a work for hire thing. The House Studio packages these great small group resources consisting of a set of video talks by a well known scholar and a short chapter written by some unknown author interacting with the video, some [Read More...]

Breaking Beautiful: Is it sad that I have to say this is not a ruse?

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I’m not an April Fool’s guy. I’ve never been much of a prankster on any day. I cannot enjoy another person’s discomfort, it trips my internal justice meter. If I’m around someone who is playing a practical joke I will purposefully ruin the joke before it ever happens because I can’t stand to see someone [Read More...]

Simply Jesus by N.T. Wright for only $2

Amazon.com is running a deal right now where you can get N.T. Wright’s book Simply Jesus for only 2 bucks. It’s the electronic version (Kindle Version is what they call it). I do not own a kindle, but I use the free Kindle for PC software and use it read electronic books on my computer. [Read More...]

Where is Heaven?

In the faith section of our Kansas City Star this weekend was an interesting article asking local pastors to weigh in on their thoughts about heaven. The results were quite interesting. Surveys tell us that somewhere around 80% of Americans believe in a real place called heaven. Where is Heaven? The pastors from KC weighed [Read More...]

The Top Ten Books Every Christian Should Read: my required reading list for life

I have been thinking about the ten books every Christian should read. I’ve been composing the list in my head, and it’s harder than you think. You need qualifiers. Here are mine: broad subject range, deep but not obscure, non-fiction (with one exception), focused on discipleship and the Christian story, fit more in the theological [Read More...]


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