ScribblePreach Awards 01.07.2016

From the Pub: On Fairy Stories Against the idea that fairy stories are merely an escape: “Evidently we are faced by a misuse of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he […]

Postmodernism Isn’t All Wrong.

We protestants don’t need a full-throated rejection of postmodernism. Postmodernism, as the term implies, is “over modernism.” Well Amen to that. Who liked modernism? Do we really see Biblical warrant for an unbiased, unlimited rationality belonging to the human race? That’s a failure to see our sin. Postmodernism is right: sin makes communication impossible, or […]

Is the Bible Corrupt?

This question could be taken from different angles, but try this: The culture surrounding the Bible makes it unlikely to be corrupt. Think of the constitution. We revere it. Every word matters. We don’t even consider it divine. It’s unlikely to me that 500 years from now, we’ll have a corrupt version of the constitution […]

ScribblePreach Awards 12.17.2016

Hey All! Thanks for being a ScribblePreach reader. I love being able to serve you every week through your e-mail inbox. Seriously. It’s an honor, and I have fun doing it.  In order to keep ScribblePreach strong, many of you have helped support ScribblePreach at my Patreon site this year. Thank you! Through your partnership, […]

ScribblePreach Awards 12.10.2016

From the Pub: The Unconscious Dogma “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. It says, in mockery of old devotees, that they believed without knowing why the believed. But the moderns believe without knowing what they believe – and without even […]

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 […]