1. Ten Things I've Learned About Preaching

    Blog Ten Things I've Learned About Preaching

    I recently realized something that astounds me: this summer I passed the century mark for sermons preached. Since my first incoherent ramblings about the Letter to the Hebrews…

  2. The True Self

    Blog The True Self

    This sermon is about demons. I want you to know that before I get going because for a while it might not seem like I’m talking about demons at all. But I will be. If our…

  3. With My Arms Spread Wide

    Blog With My Arms Spread Wide

    Imagine with me a letter written by Simon the Pharisee some years after the events described in Luke 13:31-35. Simon, a servant of the Lord God, to Judith, my dearest sister and …

  4. Reasons Not to Write Sermons from Scratch

    Blog Reasons Not to Write Sermons from Scratch

    I typically enjoy teaching more than preaching, but occasionally I do get asked to speak at worship services or other events. On those occasions, I’ve generally logged many…

  5. Context, Context, Context

    Blog Context, Context, Context

    I recently finished up a sermon series called "Living the Story," exploring each of the major "episodes" in the biblical narrative. (Listen to the series podcasts here.) We ended…

  6. Make Your Face Shine

    Blog Make Your Face Shine

    Imagine with me the Apostle Peter, who is imprisoned in Rome near the end of his life, talking to his cellmate about the day when Jesus spoke about his coming again. We were used …

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