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These are essays from the Real Live Preacher blog. 2002-2010

How to find a church

I keep getting emails from people who say, “Your church sounds nice. I wish I could find one like that.” Let me guess. You’re looking for a cool church, filled with authentic Christians who aren’t...

There’s something about the way you use the Bible

There’s something about the way you use the bible, something about the way you use it as a tool, as a weapon, as a fulcrum, as a means, as an end, as a trump...

Even the rich woman

A Dramatized Version of a Bible Story No one hated rich people more than Judas. Seriously, he hated them. Judas said the problems our people were having could be traced back to all sorts of...

Forget the Angles

I have a preacher friend who lives in an old farmhouse that he is restoring himself. He’s one of those “do everything” guys. Gardening, carpentry, repair work, he does it all. Robert is not a...

James, John, & Crazy Joe

It happened in one of those quiet moments when nothing much was going on. Peter whistled while he mended a net. Bartholomew picked at his sandal. The other guys were talking in small groups. Jesus...

The richest man in town

Delivered as a sermon at Sage Chapel, Cornell University, April 9th, 2006 Jesus of Nazareth was in town, and the word spread quickly. Whispers moved through the marketplace and were carried on the winds of...

Crocodile Hunter

When I first came to know Jonah and Robert, I was very eager to please. They were my first real wheelchair friends. When I was with them my personality took on a quality not...

The Smallest Person in All the World

This story originally appeared at RealLivePreacher.com in two parts. Part One: The Rabbi, the Woman, and the Cities The Rabbi (Twenty Years Before) Jesus, son of Joseph, what would you do if you met the smallest person in...

The George Stories

These three stories were posted in this order in January of 2003 at Real Live Preacher. This was VERY early in my RLP adventure. Just a little over thirty days after my first blog...

A Religion of Denial

Originally posted in 2006 at RLP Back in the early 90s, a man named John was a member of our church. He was a professional man, with a wife and two sons. Sam was in...