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

All the Right Questions

A church man came to see me the other day. A churchy man, an important man in his church. A deacon I think, maybe. He came to see me and our little church. He...

I have no title for this

Originally posted at Real Live Preacher on February 18th, 2003. Requested by Bill Gawne Sit down Christian. You cannot wave your unread Bible and scare me because I know the larger story that runs through...

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. Forgiveness is a strong move to make, like turning...

What if

What if we suddenly saw the world with God’s eyes? What if the reality of good and evil exploded into our consciousness in a blinding flash of inspiration? What if this happened right in the...

The Preacher’s Story in Four Parts

This short autobiography was posted in four parts from December 14-21, 2002, the first month of Real Live Preacher. I've never liked it. It was roughly written, and I cringe when I read it....

The Ministers’ Morgue

Originally posted in 2008 at RealLivePreacher.com. This story may only be online for a limited time, since it will be in the new edition of Turtles All the Way Down. I got the news that...

Open Communion

Originally posted at Real Live Preacher on April 25th, 2006. Requested by Brad Chittick. I don't know how many of you are out there. I have some statistics that suggest there are a lot of...

Everett Joseph Smith was a real boy

This essay was never published online. It was written for the book (RealLivePreacher.com) and published in 2004. There were 9 essays only that only appeared in the book. The phone call came at night. Doesn’t...

Goodbye, Iron Giant

Before you read this you should read "Trinket Transformation." Saturday before last, I found a little boy under my table eating M&Ms. He was clearly eyeing my Iron Giant Action Figure. "Go ahead, you can play...

You Ain’t Jesus, Preacher, Part One: The Tower of Babel

Everyone has identity issues now and again. Maybe you don’t know who you are or don’t like who you think you might be. Maybe you’re a little too close to your mother, or maybe...