Nothing of Substance to Say

Blank stareI have just finished up editing my two sermons for tomorrow and excited about them. Beware a preacher who is excited about what he has to say! Then again: beware a preacher who is not excited about what he has to say! As I have pressed into the meaning of the transfiguration and the transforming power of the Gospel (as described in Ephesians:1-7) God has wowed me and I am encouraged and hungry for more of his presence and transforming power. My hope is that my hearers catch my excitement!

So obviously I think I have something of substance to say, but not here and not today. Instead I thought I would give y’all a heads up on what I will be posting here in the weeks ahead:

    -I’ll link these sermons I’ve blogged on, when they are posted online.
    -Expect more book reviews, starting with the book I will be using as my prayerbook through lent
    -Speaking of Lent, I will take this season to press into the nature of sin and hope to blog my thoughts on the subject and interacting with writings of contemporary authors, desert saints, and puritans (or if you have any other suggestions, happy to oblige)
    -In the same vein, I will blog the so called penitential psalms
    -Expect to see some more of my commentary, my cranky cynicism and small graces

Stay tuned, sooner or later I will have something substantive to say.

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8 thoughts on “Nothing of Substance to Say”

  1. I’ve recently come across a book called On the Way to the Cross: 40 Days with the Church Fathers, edited by Tom Oden and Joel Elowsky, which I plan on using during Lent. It looks good; I’ll let you know how I find it.

    1. Love what Oden pulls together. I have his Ancient Christian Church Devotional: Year C (which is not the year we’re in) that I found used somewhere (basically culled from the Commentary series). Would love to know what you think of this!

  2. Looking forward to what you’re planning, James. What book are you using through Lent? Would you be interested in writing a Lent guest-post over at

    I’m also especially interested in what you might have to say about the transfiguration – as I’m preaching on that tomorrow as well. Care to give me your notes? 😉

    1. Stacey, Basically want to retell the story somewhat creatively and point to how seeing Jesus for who he is gives us the courage and fortitude to walk with him the road to the cross. Kind of a Lent set up. Not sure if my notes would be helpful to you as what I have is a manuscript covered in my chicken scratch.

      My prayer book is an Orthodox prayer book and I’m gonna attempt to pray the hours through Lent which won’t be easy for me.

      Potentially interested in a guest post opportunity but need some coherent thoughts first!

      1. Hmmm… sounds good. I’m preaching on expectations – the expectations the Pharisees and Sadducees had, the expectations the disciples had, the expectations that Jesus had and, ultimately, the expectations that we have of God, and of what the Christian life should look like. Still working on the chicken scratch.

        I was going to pray the hours through Lent as well – but I haven’t secured my book yet. Maybe I’ll have time to pick one up somewhere before Wednesday. Let me know what kind of coherent thoughts you come up with, and we’ll talk about a guest post.

      2. Phillis Tickle’s The Divine Hours: Eastertide might be an option. I plan to use that some as it is appropriately themed for Lent and Easter. The one I’m using is called Prayer Book of the Early Christians (Ed. By Fr. John McGuckin). It’s much more basic and not divided seasonally but has some great prayers in it.

      3. Funny, I was just looking at some of Philllis Tickle’s Divine Hours books online today. I thought the pocket edition might be a good way to start, as I can carry it around with me so I won’t forget. (It’s always good to prepare for human weakness in advance if at all possible.) I think I’ll pick it up and give it a try.

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