Our Sunday Morning Sermon series involves sermons from unlikely sources. Few people are less likely to preach a sermon than Anne Lamott. She breaks the evangelical mold. She grew up in a liberal home, leans left politically, keeps her theology simple and yet talks about Jesus in such a knowing and devoted way she makes […]
This weeks Sunday Morning Sermon comes from Pope Francis, but it’s not so much what he says in this video as what he does. When a child climbs up onto the stage to be near him, Pope Francis does little to shoo him away. In fact, as staff try to get the kid to come down, Francis pats his head and goes on with his sermon. It’s really a beautiful picture of Christ’s willingness to put off His “agenda” to interact with us. But of course that’s not how it should be said, as we are His agenda.
Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time with dear friends who’ve adopted a 15-month old child. She’s beautiful and fun and full of life. And she loves attention. She is constantly asking the world if they notice her, if they want to play with her and whether she’s worth it. And of course she is. And she’s told that both in word and action all day. Her parents are setting a foundation […]
When I was just out of high school I began memorizing poems. I started doing it to impress girls but quickly found my mind full of an incredible economy of words I’ve spent the last twenty years putting to good use. I don’t have any better advice for somebody who wants to write than to carry a few poems around in their pocket, written on index cards.
One of the poems that served both my writing career and my […]
Malala Yousafzai is not your average 16-year old. At 14, she was the victim of an attempted assassination by the Taliban in her native Pakistan. They attempted to kill her for her outspoken, popular support for the rights of women and children.
She survived the attack and has gone on to enjoy a well-deserved global platform through which she is making the world aware of the plight of women in the Middle East.
Imagine getting to meet your favorite actor, then asking for his autograph, only instead of him giving you his autographed, he agreed to slowly walk down a hallway with you and your friends so you could film it as though you were in one of his movies.
Bill Murray did just that, and it’s one of the reasons the world […]
Every Sunday, we feature a sermon from an unlikely source. This week’s video is about an artist who has found beauty from brokenness […]
A couple years ago you’ll remember Conan O’Brien got the boot from NBC. The way they treated him was unfortunate and arguably unfair. Conan, of course, was hurt. Devastated, in fact. We all knew he was raging.
And yet, when it came time to say his farewell, he stepped to the microphone and gave one of the most remarkable speeches in pop-culture history. In an age of Kanye West casting […]
A couple months ago I spent a few days with Olympic skater Scott Hamilton. It’s rare to meet such an accomplished person who isn’t only humble, but is deeply convinced life is not about winning, about himself or about glory. […]
A fun interview with Billy Corgan sheds light on what he thinks the future of rock and roll is, and amazingly, he believes it’s God. […]
I recently spoke at the World Domination Summit in Portland and loved all the other speakers. I had a blast sitting in the massive, giggly audience watching grand slam after grand slam pass across the stage. One of the best audience responses, though, came from my new friend Jia Jiang. Jia is a Chinese American who has been running an amazing experiment in which he is trying to overcome his fear of rejection by being rejected 100 times. […]
Tim Schurrer sent me this link today and I was moved by the new, wise, forgiven and forgiving Mike Tyson. “If I can forgive them hopefully people can forgive me” rings Biblical and true and I think in this brief interview we see how this simple teaching of Jesus heals and strengthens us. I hope and pray for the best for Mike Tyson. We could all learn a thing or two from his recent discoveries.