Dear Younger Self

Yes, it happened this week. Sing it with me, this is 40… As I was running today I had a few thoughts about turning 40. It began like this: Dear 22-38 year-old self: I will run your lazy butt into the ground. Name the time and place. Sincerely, 40-year-old self. Then my thoughts turned more […]


On Judging and Being Judged

Jesus says: Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad. For the tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! how can you speak good, since you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. My mind has been spinning […]


Sermon Prep, Commentary, Banter

The latest LectioCast dropped a couple days ago. This week we talk about what’s wrong (and right) about Israel wanting a king, and the peculiar ability we all have to step outside of our worship services and demand exactly the thing that we were just steeling ourselves against. There’s also a bit in there about […]


What Kind of King?

“It’s the Son of David!” What might someone be thinking of and hoping for when making such an exclamation? Most often I think of early (first century) Jewish messianism in military terms: when the son of David comes, he’s the one who will muster an army to kick out the Romans. (Maybe that’s why Mark […]


Doing What You Believe

Today’s post is inspired by the Theology Nerd Throwdown podcast. “The” Vs. “-al” At the end of a recent episode, Tripp and Bo got into one of their recurring fights. It’s the versus -al. What’s more important? Is it the things that we believe–the incarnation, the resurrection, the Pentecost? Or is it the ways we […]


Guiltless Lawbreaking

One of my favorite sayings of Jesus comes in Matthew’s version of the grain-plucking episode. Jesus’s disciples are accused of doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath because they are tilling and eating as they go. Jesus says, in part, Have you not read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in […]

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Trinity Sunday Sermon Prep

Why do we read Isa 6 every year on Trinity Sunday? I give my A and B answers here, what’s your take? http://homebrewedchristianity.com/2015/05/24/trinity-sunday-the-glory-of-god-lectiocast/ Download the LectioCast podcast, and use it for sermon prep or otherwise getting ready for Sunday’s scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary!


When the Messiah Comes

If you have dipped down into much of my work at all then you will probably recall that I am haunted by these words of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: “To the Jew the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring person, who affirms in an unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished.” Everything is supposed […]