Soul: Fire in Preaching

In my experience, eighty percent of the fuel for preaching comes from sources outside the study. I do not mean scouring the countryside or the urbanside for sermon illustrations.

Don’t Be Mean: A Covenant Story

Ben says one of our Covenant mottos is, “Don’t be mean.” I really like that in a church. There are more Scriptural-sounding ways to say the same thing, but something about stripping wisdom of its religious jargon seems to keep us more honest.

Slow: A Covenant Story

Trying to rush something at Covenant Baptist Church is like trying to sprint in waist-deep water. It doesn’t work. Every time we think about cranking it up, some invisible force slows us.

Eulogy to the Trees: A Covenant Story

They tell me that when they built this building, they plotted its location just so, where as few trees as possible would have to come down. To this day, there are trees in the middle of the parking lot because no one wanted to take them out.

Letter to the Dying Church

Dying. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about dying. How things die and people too. Dreams die. Traditions die. The roles we’ve played die. Marriages, friendships, partnerships, institutions, buildings. So many things pass away.

Thrive: Jesus Feeds Five Thousand – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

If all you’ve got of Love in your trembling hands is a measly five loaves and two fish worth, then start distributing what little you’ve got to your friends and neighbors, and immediately it will begin to multiply.

Thrive: The Pearl of Great Price – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Imagine that you are 92 years old looking back on your life, trying to determine whether or not you have lived. Imagine there is one thing you did, or one thing you had, or one thing you were, that lets you know: yes, you lived and you can rest in peace.

Thrive: The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Dream with me. Let’s say, you are a Christian. But you are sometimes embarrassed by this. Those other Christians have given you a bad reputation, you feel.

Thrive: The Parable of the Sower – Kyndall Rae Rothaus

Imagine your ears are a plot of land in the countryside. Imagine everything you hear with them is seed with the potential to sprout. Imagine all seed is good seed.