Sermon Survival 1: Pre Preparation

For most MHPs, “preacher” is a significant hat we wear, and Sunday comes every 7 days whether we’re ready for it or not! Now that I’m about 250 sermons into my role as preacher, I’m looking afresh at all aspects of sermon preparation and...
Recovering Legalists?

Recovering Legalists?

I started going to church when I was 13 in the 1980s and the church was, you guessed it, a legalistic church.  I’ve had to shed a lot of baggage on the road of following Jesus. Now, I’m a card carrying member of the POTSC movement and I pastor a church...

Spiritual Rhythm – Sabbath Keeping

At our first local MHP gathering, we discussed spiritual health and soul filling practices for the lead pastor.  I asked Kevin Colon, pastor of Cool River Church in Superior, CO to share his spiritual practices calendar.  He talked extensively about his weekly Sabbath...
Benedictine Spirituality

Benedictine Spirituality

In January, I did a two day spiritual retreat at a Benedictine Monastery and came back invigorated for the coming season. I’ve done many spiritual retreats before, but never one so structured and “other” than what I was used to.  The Benedictines practice the daily...

Exactly Human Sized Stories

Last year I went to a story telling workshop by Ira Glass, host of “This American Life” and in my opinion, the finest story teller alive today. His goal:  find stories that are exactly human sized. I think this is exactly the challenge for modern preachers. Our media...