The Forgotten Virtue of Brokenness

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This essay was originally a sermon, delivered to Redemption Church. If you would like to listen or download the mp3, here’s the link.       One of the consistent claims of Jesus in the New Testament was this idea that the heart matters. The exterior life can be deceptive; we can play games with [Read More...]

For All You Pastors Out There Sitting Down to Write Your Sermon This Friday…

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            Dear Pastor, You put your congregation first, and yourself last, and you did it all week long. You took every phone call, answered every email, attended every meeting you could, and kept the ball moving forward in your congregation. You shared words of comfort, compassion, and encouragement with your people. [Read More...]

The Forgotten Virtue of Patience

1917 Ford Model T

This was originally a sermon that has been converted into a long-form essay. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal any of these ideas.   One hundred years ago this was the hottest product on the market. What’s the great Henry Ford marketing phrase? You can have it in any color [Read More...]

Lent 6A, Palm Sunday: John 19:12-19 – Powerful / Not-Powerful

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem by Hippolyte Flandrin c. 1842

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...]

Epiphany 5A – Matthew 5:13-20; Salt & Light, Law and the Prophets

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. Epiphany 5A – Matthew 5:13-20 2014.02.09 – Light Will Shine 06 This week I got sucked into this book Salt: A World History… Have you heard of this book? Mark Kurlansky tells [Read More...]

It’s a Mad World / A Video and Sermon Helps for Advent 01

Advent season is arriving, which means that many of us who do not follow the lectionary in ordinary time begin to sync back up with it. Each week I’m going to try to put together a few thoughts to help provoke those pastors, students, and theological nerds (meant to be a term of endearment), as [Read More...]


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