June 25, 2017 8:18 am

Neurologically speaking, boredom is also fruitful. When we’re bored, our brains can more easily transition into what’s called “divergent thinking”—to travel through all the strange rabbit holes of the overgrown gardens that are our brains. We make unusual connections. We marinate in not knowing.

June 14, 2017

I believe I had more people suggest an interview with David Guzik than any other guest I’ve had. I even had one suggestion come in an hour before we were scheduled to record.

June 4, 2017

In talking with Jorge, I found a lot of respect for how many new things are always starting around the edges of their church community. And also a great deal of respect for how he sees the role of the sermon being so closely tied to all of it.

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 finally got on board a year later.

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 in the sermon which were probably of great value after this past basketball season.

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 were also far too kind to me, editing out the part when I discovered half way through the reading that I had sent the wrong Bible passage to be included on a slide.

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 congregation.

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 with all reality, and God is the largest part of reality. If God is understood as being local, a tribal deity, he is misunderstood, and our lives are correspondingly reduced.

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.