August 14, 2016

Tim Conder co-wrote a book called Free For All, with a subtitle of “Discovering the Bible in Community.” After reading his book, I knew he would have a different perspective on sermon prep, so I was glad to have him …

August 14, 2016

A week after my sermon on The Good Samaritan, we took a second pass at this famous parable in our liturgy. I interviewed Esther Kim, an attender of aMS and a PhD student in the education department at UT. I …

July 26, 2016

Thoughts on my experiences as a 19 year old looking for pretty girls and petty arguments at the Balboa Fun Zone, stories of human bones strewn in sacred temples, and words of wisdom from Dallas Willard, Thomas Keating and Jesus.…

iPad, meet Scrivener

You too, iPhone

July 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

In February of 2010, the iPad was newly introduced. I was full of curiosity, intrigue and yearning. They weren’t available yet, but I was concocting all the reasons I needed one worked into our limited budget.

My first round of …

July 19, 2016

I’ve read 3 or 4 of Parker Palmer’s books, and each was deeply shaping for me. This may be the first time I’ve run across an interview of him, on a podcast. It’s a good intro to the kinds of …

July 18, 2016

I chose to do a sermon on the wise and foolish bridesmaids early this summer. I wasn’t all that excited to do so, because it’s a harder topic to work through compared to many of the other parables of Jesus. …

July 18, 2016

One of the fun things about the Sermonsmith podcast is finding an excuse to continue conversations. I met Kevin years ago, only talked for a little while at a conference, but had a lot of respect for what he had …

June 28, 2016

I first contact Laura about a year ago after she was recommended for the podcast. Took some doing for us to get the schedule worked out, but I’m glad we finally did. She was an energetic and thoughtful interview with …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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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 …