Pandemic Paranoia

Faith is paranoia in reverse. Coronavirus spreads and so does paranoia. But this paranoia is not new, it’s just been hidden from view; it was hidden while life was good and “under control”. Coronavirus is exposing the paranoia that’s been there all along, running in the deep currents of our souls. What is our way outContinue reading “Pandemic Paranoia”

Saying “Yes” to What Matters

What matters most to us takes the most sacrifice from us. It was May 1927. On a dark & damp New York morning, a single engine monoplane bounced into the air at muddy Roosevelt Field, barely clearing the trees at the end of the runway It’s pilot, Charles Lindbergh, was alone. Over the next 33 hours,Continue reading “Saying “Yes” to What Matters”

An Indestructible Life

The first generation of Americans were at a loss for words when it came to how to address President-elect George Washington. During his inauguration, the crowds in New York shouted “Long Live George Washington!” His biographer, Ron Chernow, commented, “it was difficult for Americans to use language other than what they were used to, beingContinue reading “An Indestructible Life”

Radical Simplicity

You should be thankful we only memorize Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in our American schools, and not Edward Everett’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s historic speech rounds out at a tweetable 272 words. Everett — who was actually the keynote speaker and spoke before Lincoln — spoke for close to 2 hours. Yikes. Everett, ever the gentlemen, told President Lincoln afterwards, “…IContinue reading “Radical Simplicity”

On Creativity & Preaching

Should sermons be creative? Is it wrong to crave & expect creative sermons? It all depends on how we define “creative”. This I know to be true: nowhere is the Gospel boring. Proclaiming Jesus crucified and alive is impossible to do without joy, intrigue, mystery, and amazement. But what of style? Should we expect creativeContinue reading “On Creativity & Preaching”