June 13, 2016

Sermonsmith took an unplanned break in the midst of a bunch of disruption in the life of our family. But it was good to be back at it in this interview with Adam Avery, a friend from Church at the Well in Burlington, VT. He’s a good guy other than the Bengals fan bit.

June 6, 2016

We’re launching into the parables of Jesus for the summer and I’m excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to do some work with the parables, and I especially don’t recall the last time I taught on this one.

May 25, 2016 1:51 pm

Because shampoo

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May 24, 2016

With the beginning of ordinary time in the church calendar, we are taking two weeks to talk about the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist. I led off this week with Baptism. The first half includes mention of moldy walls, mikvahs, and menstrual cycles.

May 24, 2016 4:05 pm

Fell a month behind with my updates around here! Been focus quite a lot on unplanned remodeling at our house. That’s a long story that I suppose will be told soon. In the meantime, backfilling some of the missed podcasts, and such.

May 17, 2016

I’m always thankful for a chance to offer a sermon in the Vox Veniae liturgy. This time around it happened to be Pentecost. Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone, but this was pretty similar to the first sermon I preached at Vox for Pentecost five or six years ago.

May 4, 2016

I think everytime someone has mentioned that they enjoy Buechner during a Sermonsmith recording, I with that conversation could go on longer. Isaac Anderson mentioned Buchner.

April 21, 2016

I ask most of the same questions with each Sermonsmith interview, and yet I find new richness of thought in the responses of every guest. I appreciated the intense yet humble posture RD brings to the process of preparing his sermons.

April 20, 2016

Hey, what fun to be interviewed by Zac and Chad for the After 9 podcast. Zac and Chad are two fun and thoughtful guys with a podcast about church ministry to students. They invited me to try to summarize 65ish hours of conversations from all my Sermonsmith interviews. Thanks for the easy task guys!

April 13, 2016

It’s the Easter season, and the text for the week describes countless creatures worshiping a slaughtered Jesus on a throne. So, what better thing to talk about than the anxiety inducing 2016 election?

April 13, 2016

After only an hour of conversation with him, it’s evident that Andy is an energetic and passionate guy. That’s certainly the case when he is talking about writing sermons.

April 11, 2016

A few weeks ago, we quietly launched this new site for Fresh Expressions US. They have just finished their National Gathering, so I hope and expect it’s going to serve them well going forward.

The site was designed here in Austin by Brad Istre of The Sidedoor Studio, and then I did the development to get it all connected into WordPress for them.

April 9, 2016 9:53 am

In a New York Times column on the topic, David Brooks summarizes this reality more bluntly: “[Great creative minds] think like artists but work like accountants.”

I’ve read many books on doing creative work, and this quote captures the heart of them all. My best seasons of generation and growing ideas come when I have good routines of reading and reflecting though the day to day.

April 4, 2016

I’ve been an EitS fan since buying the Friday Night Lights soundtrack the day after I saw the movie. This is their first album in five years, not including a few movie soundtracks. I was cautious that it would be too much of a departure from their previous stylings after hearing the early release of Disintegration Anxiety. Even on the first listen, it hooked me and it hooked me good. More ambient than their previous work, but still a lot of hopeful melodies working up and down and carrying each song along.

April 4, 2016 9:21 am


March 30, 2016

Easter Sunday — a great day to tell the most interesting story in human history. Fittingly, we had a lively day, and I’m guessing some of that came through even in the podcast.

March 30, 2016

Sean preaches not too far up the way from me in Temple, TX. I’d already heard him on my friend Shane Blackshear’s podcast, so I knew he would have thoughtful things to say about preaching.

March 30, 2016

Always fun to sneak away for a Sunday to do a sermon with our friends at Vox Veniae. Good good people and gracious gracious listeners.

March 25, 2016 12:11 pm

I came to believe that stories have healing power, that they can help us deal with difficult emotional situations by giving us examples of human behavior, perhaps similar in some way to the struggles we are going through at some stage of life, and which might inspire us to try a different strategy for living.

March 25, 2016 8:33 am

Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.

After seeing it on my shelf for a couple of months, I’m looking forward to working through this book.