March 21, 2017

Long walks on an Oahu beach with an iPhone to compose thoughts. You know…just your ordinary sermon prep in Hawaii.…

March 6, 2017

Why Jesus is nothing like Clark Kent. And why the devil might be kind of like a squirrel in Up. And why the season of Lent is so awfully valuable.…

March 1, 2017

Between scheduling conflicts, technical barriers and at least one sickness, this interview took a long time to come together. It was worth the wait.…

February 23, 2017

I haven’t water skied in at least ten years, but I remember enough about it to use it as a central metaphor in this sermon. And I could probably still do it, right?…

February 15, 2017

What a pleasure to have a second go around with Tara Beth Leach after her context has changed so much. I’ve spent a good amount of time reflecting on her statement that every sermon is a love letter to her …

February 14, 2017

This past Sunday, there was lots of talk of circumcision, excrement and mangy scavengers. Sometimes you just have to work with what the text gives you.…

February 13, 2017

Continuing our series of sermons through the letter to the Philippians, and including thoughts on The Lost Boys (Rufio!), pride for a son chasing down rebounds, and a much brief reflection on the phrase “Fear and Trembling” than Søren Kierkegaard.…

February 1, 2017 8:25 am

The title “prophet to the nations” is a deliberate rejection of any understanding of the life of faith that is identified with a single nation or a particular culture. The human task is to grow in conscious and healthy relationship

January 26, 2017

An ancient letter to a church community in a long dead city mingled with thoughts on a long dead mystery religion, critiques of inaugural language, and beautiful words about Jesus and resurrection from a former soldier of the Nazi regime.…

January 26, 2017

I only spent three years living around Seattle, but I still carry a wee torch for it. That makes it a joy and a treat to talk to someone doing thoughtful sermons there, someone like Kurt.…

January 26, 2017 7:30 am

Approval by the masses is accreditation. But a rudimentary knowledge of history corroborated by a few moments of personal reflection will convince us that truth is not statistical and that crowds are more often foolish than wise. In crowds the

January 11, 2017

It’s been a common theme that 2016 wasn’t a good year for most, but we have no guarantees that 2017. As we moved into the new year in our church community, we asked what it means to rest in and …

January 5, 2017

The holidays proved disruptive for Sermonsmith, but it was good to be back and it and get the year started right. I didn’t know Jason prior to our interview, but in particular I enjoyed hearing his passion for using the …

January 2, 2017 9:01 am

Whatever the technological advances of modern society — and they’re nearly miraculous — the individualized lifestyles that those technologies spawn seem to be deeply brutalizing to the human spirit.

Is Rogue One for the Kids?

It's absolutely for my kids

December 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

My first exposure to anything Star Wars is a crystal 1977 memory of a church parking lot. I was six. We were picking up my older brothers as they returned from camp.

We stood at the back of a station …

December 20, 2016 2:46 pm

I can vouch for 2 hrs 11 minutes of Rogue One being everything I hoped they would be. The other two minutes were spent on a bathroom sojourn with my son, so I can’t speak to them. I’m sure they …

December 8, 2016

I’ve had some level of proximity and connection to Jimmy Eat World since their earliest days as a band. Tons of fun to hear Jim describe the early days and fill in the gaps since. And his thoughts along the …

December 8, 2016 12:54 pm

Super duper happy with the soup I made myself for lunch on an Austin version of a frigid day:
onions
jalapeno (a full one might have been a bit much though!)
garlic
fresh oregano
fresh cranberries
slice of sandwich ham…

December 6, 2016

If Jeff is the Sermonsmith guest I’ve known the longest, he’s close. It was fun to catch up after many years but also to hear the steady rhythm he had formed for the week to week work of sermon prep.…

November 23, 2016

A big Sunday as we wrap up the Christian calendar. But we’ve also been looking forward to the launch of what we are calling our Common Life in the new year.…