Most Popular Sermons of 2015

I preached around forty sermons this year at Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ (Fort Myers, FL).  According to YouTube views, the most popular messages are That's the Book for Me – watch / read - a 16 min. message on the Bible (warning: this is the first and only sermon I have ever preached that includes singing) Titleless – watch / read – a 13 min. message on humility Surprising Salaries – watch / read – a 12 min. message on generosity Personal Transformation + – watch Read More …

Sermon: Personal Transformation +

Sermon Text: Acts 16:25-34 Sermon Excerpt Are you saved? Maybe that is a question you have not heard in a long time.  Maybe it is one you have heard far too often. Are you saved? Earlier this week when a group gathered for a Topical Tuesday conversation about salvation we had more stories to tell than time allowed.  One participant remembered a time when as a young mother she had allowed a stranger into her home simply because she craved interaction and conversation with another Read More …

Review of Selling Water by the River

Meet the Author Shane Hipps is a second career pastor. This portion of his journey started after working as a strategic planner in advertising.  Hipps served as lead Pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church (2005-2010).  He is now nearing the end of his time as teaching pastor at Mars Hill (2010-2012).  Hipps is the author of two books: Selling Water by the River (2012) and Flickering Pixels (2009 - my review) as well as the co-author of The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture (2006). Book Read More …

Review of Speaking Christian

Meet the Author Marcus Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  He is also professor emeritus in the philosophy department at Oregon State University, where  he was the Hundere Chair in Religion until his retirement in 2007.  Borg is among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity.  He is best known for his work as a fellow in the Jesus Seminar, his biblical scholarship, and as the author of twenty books.  His most recent Read More …