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

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 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...

Mark Twain

A man once told me that he believes every word in the bible. I was struck dumb with amazement. He Believes Every word in the bible There is no part of that statement that makes sense to me. He...

Trinket Transformation

I got to design my own office when we built our church four years ago. It's a 10' by 10' room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves all around, a large window and a recessed area for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hollowed Be Thy Name

Originally published at Real Live Preacher in May of 2003. These people asked me to do a wedding in a hollow church. I shit you not. A hollow church. They found this place in Dallas. The...