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

The preacher is tired tonight

December 2002 I get up way before daylight and head for church. I open up the joint. I putter around and straighten hymnals. I make ready. I preach the sermon 3 or 4 times. I...

Just to Sit and Cry and Not be Bothered

Things are pretty quiet in the mountain town of Creede, Colorado. You will not find fast food or fast living there. If you want someone to package your entertainment and provide it with instructions,...

Superball Spirituality

Things have been unpredictable around here. Charlie died, as you know. My friend Tom called to tell me his life is falling apart, and I found a Superball at church. It has a chunk...

The Coin and the Question

Saul was dressed in an expensive, imported robe. He was obviously a wealthy man. His hair gleamed and was heavy with Persian oil. His beard was trimmed short in a manner that was trendy...

Where is the man?

A Real Live Preacher Dramatized Version of the story from John's gospel commonly known as "The Woman Caught in Adultery." It's been many years since I wrote one of these. Let me take a moment...

Talk to the hand

People like the idea of getting to the bottom of things. It suits our human desire for stability. We don’t like floundering in high water or high ideals without some purchase we can feel...

Why don’t you write something about prayer & Something about prayer

Background: When RealLivePreacher.com (the book) was published, I created nine essays that were unique to the book. They were never online. My editor said, "Why don't you write something about prayer? It feels like...

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...