Talk with the Preacher

I found myself at the hospital again the other day, which is not so unusual given my line of work. (Lately I seem to be hanging out in those endless, nondescript...

I just had to laugh when I first read this article in a link sent by a friend.  Nothing surprising about it, really, but worth a moment of levity, for sure. ...

I suspect, though I am not sure exactly, that the extreme difficulty I had writing this week’s sermon was somehow related to the fact that its themes are particularly prominent in...

Yesterday was my fifth official anniversary as pastor at Calvary.  The staff and congregation surprised me during worship and gave me a beautiful stole.  Really, I mean, sending me out of...

Do I need to draw you a picture? Apparently. It’s always curious how different strands of my life inevitably intersect. This morning I was chatting with my very good friend and...

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I gave up the dream of my children bragging about me on the playground long ago. When I decided to go to seminary I already knew what it felt like when...

I can hardly bear to write about this, preferring, I suppose, to live in the delusion that if it doesn’t appear on the blog then it’s not real.  (Please–we all have...

It has begun. Holy Week, you see, never seems very holy to me. At least not holy in the “sit quietly and contemplate the presence of God” kind of holy. What...

Today I took a Sunday off to travel to Richmond with my family to hear Jim Somerville preach his candidacy sermon and accept the pastorate of First Baptist Richmond.  The congregation...

I love it when the perfect sermon illustration comes along just at the right time. I love it when that happens. However, that most certainly did not happen the third week of...