This archive has essays from the original Real Live Preacher blog, which is no longer online.

I am flattered to find that on occasion someone remembers something I wrote and would like to read it again. Click here to submit a request for me to bring back one of the RLP essays or stories. Over time this will become a nice archive of the original material.

Gordon

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...

Seeing Gravity

For a brief period of time in 2001 I started seeing gravity, and my world turned into a slapstick comedy. It began when a...

The Raccoon Stories

In 2004 I had raccoon troubles. I wrote about them in a series of stories. Mind you, I didn't put a lot of effort...

Naked as the day we were born

I had a vision the other day that came to me in the form of a daydream. I was sitting in the library staring...

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...

.9 of X

  Let this circle represent a pastor. Let x represent the reality of his life. X includes the best and the worst in him. X includes...

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...

i think i killed real live preacher

My final entry i think i killed real live preacher i didnt mean to i thought resigning as the pastor of covenant baptist church would be...

You Ain’t Jesus, Preacher Part Two: Losing The Language of Love

Note: Click here to read part one of this story. This is the story of how ministers find out they’re not Jesus. This is the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

I was only ever outside once

This piece was originally posted in February of 2004 and was intended to describe my experience as an anonymous blogger and my creepy feelings...

Big Numbers and Little Girls

I’m in my office reading “Billions and Billions” by Carl Sagan and glancing occasionally at the picture of my youngest daughter that is on...