3 Myths About Calling: Why RELEVANT’s Take Falls Short

Let me start by confessing a pet peeve: I believe that the combined Jewish and Christian traditions express the most profound wisdom ever contemplated by human beings. This stuff is deep, and you really shouldn’t handle it with marketing in mind. So when someone—usually a pastor-slash-writer-slash-musician with an appealing headshot and a self-composed bio—attempts to [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional: Buechner, Rohr, Volf, and Faithful Remembering

“One way or another, we are always remembering… there is no escaping it even if we want to, or at least no escaping it for long, though God knows there are times when we try to, don’t want to remember. In one sense the past is dead and gone, never to be repeated, over and [Read More…]

Matthew 28: Go and Make Disciples

This is my sermon from last week at Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy and steal anything that might help you as you prepare to lead your own congregation in worship. I have to acknowledge up front that I got the knowing/doing v. being/relating rubric from my friend Tim Keel. [Read More…]

St. Francis of Assisi and the True Self

At Redemption Church where I pastor, we are in the midst of a preaching series called The Communion of Saints. This past week we studied the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Most of us know at least a little something about St. Francis. Born to a wealthy merchant father, Francis grew up a child [Read More…]

Why Are We So Easily Offended?

The Supreme Court is hearing a case in which two Jewish women sued their small town for opening civic events with overtly Christian prayers. They took offense. It’s an interesting case, if you want to read about it there’s a good article here. Let me say up front that I’m not a fan of Christians [Read More…]

Have You Outgrown Modern Worship Music?

I read a great post this morning from my friend Jovan Brown on his blog Toward Fatherhood. Jovan is talking about why he finds modern worship music to be less significant as he enters into the way of descent. He’s finding most of those songs are really designed for the way of ascent, or the [Read More…]

Richard Rohr Download: A Few Thoughts and Quotes

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I got the chance to spend a few hours with Richard Rohr, along with the other members of the Associated Ministerial Order. We traveled to Albuquerque to the Center for Action and Contemplation to sit in conversation with one of the great teachers of our time on the subject [Read More…]

Forgiveness: Maybe We Should Let Women Run the World For Awhile

I sometimes think that if women ran the world, it would be a very different place – a better place even. When I watch this video, I start to believe it more deeply. To be a human being in the world is to be vulnerable. To be vulnerable is to be hurt… sometimes deeply hurt. [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 Gospel Cannot Happen In Your Head Alone

This came from Richard Rohr, The Good News According to Luke: Spiritual Reflections, p. 138. I love how Rohr emphasizes Jesus’s teaching about giving and receiving love. This is such a key piece of what it means to encounter God. If we lose this, we lose everything. The Gospel cannot happen in your head alone. The gospel [Read More…]