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

Do This in Remembrance of Me

This is a somewhat early RLP piece, written when I was still anonymous. I'd guess it was 2003. I met Hugh Elliott, the man who writes Standing Room Only, by email back in December of...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Greetings to the 2006 Freshman Class of Cornell University

Originally published in August of 2006 at Real Live Preacher. The big day is finally here; you’ve made it to college. You’ve worked hard to get into Cornell, and I assume you are giddy with...