Advent: The Great Decrescendo (Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9)

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This was the message on the first Sunday of Advent, 2014 for Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal (w/attribution please!). You can listen to the message here.     Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9 / Waiting “O, that you would tear open the heavens and come down.” Today [Read More...]

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...]

Public Jesus: Beyond the Politics of Anxiety

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here.   Talking politics in the local church is tricky. One statement that flies in the face of a parishioner’s strong belief and that could be the end of the conversation, the end of your influence, and quite possibly the end [Read More...]

In a Former Life, This Was My Living – Satellite Soul: Always the Same

It’s seems like forever ago that that very nearly every waking moment, for me, was consumed with music, songwriting, producing records, and touring. So many hours, so much of my heart and soul were invested in these songs, and it all feels so fleeting now. About a decade, somewhere upwards of a thousand shows, and [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...]

Work as Mission: Vocation and Learning What to Count

Most of us will spend somewhere around 65% of our waking hours working. If work is not seen as a holy thing, if work is not counted as an essential aspect of our contribution to the mission of God, then no wonder our work isn’t fulfilling. No wonder it feels like toil. Work is one [Read More...]

Missional Politics for the Local Church

I have a new article up at The Huffington Post this morning. I’m trying to think about what missional politics would look like. Here’s an excerpt: Christians believe that God is on a mission to make the world right, and that God actually has the power to do it. This power is displayed in weakness. [Read More...]

Welcome to Paperback Theology

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Welcome to Paperback Theology.  If you have been part of the Paperback Theology world before, I’m glad you found your way to the new site. I couldn’t be more excited about joining forces with Patheos in order to try and increase readership and extend the Paperback Theology conversation to new people. Allow me to express [Read More...]


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