Y’all – A Most Excellent Noun.

Y’all is a most excellent noun (or ya’ll, depending). It’s biblical, even. Most of your Bible, in fact, consists of y’alls, not you’s. So many times we feel the burden of weight meant for a community on ourselves: Paul doesn’t say “You” pray always without ceasing. He says “Y’all” pray always, without ceasing. Jesus didn’t […]

Spend Less Time Preparing.

You need to spend less time pouring over your sermon. Yes, get the text down. Put it in your blood, your soul. Memorize it. Read it over and again. Get a few commentaries. Be critical of them. But when it comes down to it, the actual sermon prep shouldn’t take more than 4-6 hours. Maybe […]

You Could Be Doing So Much.

You could be living the life of your dreams. You could be learning at the feet of the wise. You could be sharing someone’s pain, and feeling their victory. You could be living in Narnia, or Middle Earth, or downtown Brooklyn. You could have a wealth of life experiences to share. Imagine having lived hundreds […]

ScribblePreach Awards, 12.03.2016

A Shameless Plug: Faker, WORLD Magazine’s Christmas Choice for Teens So thrilled that WORLD Magazine chose my book “Faker” as this year’s Christmas choice for teens! Now go buy a copy for a teen you love (right here). P.S. – the above title link is to WORLD Magazine’s radio program. If you want to hear […]

Just Type Furiously.

You want to write that book. You don’t have time. Too many chores, too many bills to pay…you need a log cabin. You need time on your own. You need the writer’s lifestyle. But actually, what you need is 25 minutes. Not just any 25 minutes – 25 minutes of fastidious, intense, keyboard-pounding, ninja-skill like […]

ScribblePreach Awards 11.26.16

From the Pub: Made for Another World “If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite […]

The Fear of Hell is Not Enough.

This week the NY Times posted a tragic article called “When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple.” It’s a story about a conservative Christian woman, committed to her church, looking for a husband, but who eventually falls in love…with another woman. In Kristen’s words: “I repented of what Christians call my ‘struggle with same-sex attraction… […]

Your Best Sermons are Your Least Favorite.

The sermons I’ve liked least, congregants have liked most. Why? Because what I value as a preacher is often at odds with what congregants value. For me, I value: Excellence. Fluidity. Choice Words and Phrases. Consistency: nothing deviates from my plan or point. No stuttering, no wandering, nothing unpredictable or unexpected. But the congregation often […]

The ScribblePreach Awards 11.19.16

From the Pub: The Thing “In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate […]

10 Resolutions for The Next Election

This election season, Christians made mistakes. I don’t mean white/black/conservative/libertarian/liberal/unaffiliated Christians. All of us. Every one. Here are some things we need to do differently: 1. Let’s not demonize anyone. No candidate or group of people should be called “evil” by a Christian, unless it’s prefaced by a “we’re”. Because you, Christian, know the evil […]