May 15, 2017

I’m off for a three month Sabbatical from my role at Austin Mustard Seed. In my final Sunday, I shared some hopes for the time away for my self/family and for the church.…

May 6, 2017

Last year, I met Josh at a conference where he was sporting a big old iPad Pro and keyboard. He proudly claimed it was his everyday device. My subconscious told me to get him on the podcast and my conscious …

April 19, 2017

Good one here. The Rev Dr Luke is the affable dean of the Duke University Chapel and a thoughtful practitioner and teacher of the sermon as an art form. He’s also written a few books on the role of lament …

April 17, 2017

The high point of the year for our church and all others. And always among my easiest sermons to prepare knowing that the subject matter is simply…resurrection.…

April 10, 2017

A sermon in which we enter into Holy Week. Also in which I confess that I’m not so literary, since I can’t seem to enjoy reading Flannery O’Conner.…

April 7, 2017

Right after I interviewed these guys, they interviewed me. They have better mics, better radio voices and better questions. Still trying to figure out which podcast came out the winner, then, in our interview swap.…

April 5, 2017

Two fellow podcasters share how podcast collaboration leads to sermon collaboration. Always intriguing, after 80+ interviews, to learn new things about how people prepare sermons.…

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 20, 2017

Always a pleasure and an honor to offer the sermon for my friends across town at Vox Veniae. A reflection on the value of suffering not only during Lent but throughout the year, along with some Star Wars sentimentality. They …

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 …