Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that Shrink is set to release tomorrow. So I’m probably going to talk a lot about ideas from the book in the coming months. But before I get to that, I have a few acknowledgments to make. In today’s confessional, I feel compelled to say:     To the pastors of small churches everywhere: I’ve [Read More...]

It’s a Bizarre Time to be Living on the Border of Kansas and Missouri

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I live in Kansas City, where the line between Kansas and Missouri is somewhat obscured. Kansas Citians cheer for the same sports teams, we shop and eat on both sides of the border. Personally, I’ve lived on the Kansas and Missouri sides of the city, and have planted churches in the suburbs of each state. The Kansas [Read More...]

Justice is Not Important For It’s Own Sake: Abraham Joshua Heschel on Social Justice

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“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 Micah really hit it out of the park with that single sentence… pure poetry. “He has told you, O Mortal, [Read More...]

Easter 5A – Acts 7:55-60; The Martyrdom of Stephen

Here’s my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.05.18 – Easter 05 Acts 7 – Martyrdom of Steven Awhile back I heard a story about a woman named Marie Walsh; just your typical suburban soccer mom: married for 23 years to a successful accountant, three [Read More...]

Hauerwas and… Mohler? Notes From An Unlikely Conversation

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This has to be one of the more unlikely conversations I’ve ever heard between to men I have come to view quite differently over the years. I grew up a Southern Baptist in the midst of a sweet little church in Kansas whose practices far exceeded their own theology. So Al Mohler–as the author and [Read More...]

Palm Sunday, Power, and Stanley Hauerwas

“The movement that Jesus begins is constituted by people who believe that they have all the time in the world, made possible by God’s patience, to challenge the world’s impatient violence by cross and resurrection.” – Stanley Hauerwas As we set ourselves toward Palm Sunday, I’m reminded of what incredible patience it takes to follow [Read More...]

Epiphany 7A – Matthew 5:38-48; “Love Your Enemies”

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.02.23 – Light Will Shine 08 Matthew 5:38-48 – Love Your Enemies. Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for [Read More...]

On How Small the Christian Peace Movement Is (w/ Gratitude to the Anabaptists)

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“It is sometimes discouraging to see how small the Christian peace movement is, and especially here in America where it is most necessary. But we have to remember that this is the usual pattern, and the Bible has led us to expect it. Spiritual work is done with disproportionately small and feeble instruments. And now [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...]

How King’s Immortal “I Have a Dream” Almost Never Happened

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As I read through the articles on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech from 50 years ago today, I was fascinated by the account in The New York Times. It told a story from the platform that I had never heard before. Dr. King was about halfway through his prepared [Read More...]


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