Long walks on an Oahu beach with an iPhone to compose thoughts. You know…just your ordinary sermon prep in Hawaii.
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.
Between scheduling conflicts, technical barriers and at least one sickness, this interview took a long time to come together. It was worth the wait.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I only spent three years living around Seattle, but I still carry a wee torch for it. That makes it a joy and a treat to talk to someone doing thoughtful sermons there, someone like Kurt.
It’s been a common theme that 2016 wasn’t a good year for most, but we have no guarantees that 2017. As we moved into the new year in our church community, we asked what it means to rest in and share the blessing of God no matter what our immediate circumstances might look like.
The holidays proved disruptive for Sermonsmith, but it was good to be back and it and get the year started right. I didn’t know Jason prior to our interview, but in particular I enjoyed hearing his passion for using the many opportunities in their multi-site church to develop others in the art of giving a sermon.