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Author Trey Lyon

I spoke at a youth retreat recently, during which students acted out skits they made up. Again and again, students walked up and impersonated a caricature of one of their former youth ministers. “Do you see what’s going on here?” my friend asked, explaining that they had had five different youth ministers in just six […] Read More

Anne Lamott infamously said, “The most powerful sermon in the world are the words ‘me too.'” I read those words once – I also read them in Rob Bell’s book “Velvet Elvis,” which is fitting because I recently found myself settling into a packed pew to hear Lamott on a book tour for her latest […] Read More

When I was a student at Shorter College in the late ’90s, I heard about a conference for college students in Texas called “Passion.” There were CDs of new and inspiring worship songs coming out of the conference as well as sermons from compelling speakers. Every local college worship service seemed determined to capture some […] Read More

We got cable in my house when I was in high school, and I was perhaps most excited to have MTV. Granted, this was the ’90s – when bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam were captivating and expressing the angst and fury of a million teenagers who felt enslaved in their suburban prisons. While I […] Read More

Two radio segments illustrated a certain truth. “This American Life” carried the story of Julian Koenig, who wrote memorable advertising slogans for companies like Timex and Volkswagen. The most startling bit from the episode comes in this line from Koenig: “Advertising is built on puffery and at heart, deception, and I don’t think anyone can […] Read More

Belief in an afterlife – and the summary belief that eternity can be one of either eternal reward or punishment – is inextricably linked to historic expressions of Christianity.   And as you also might have heard, rejection of the doctrine of eternal punishment – hell – is apparently being thoughtfully questioned in a new […] Read More

I loved “The King’s Speech.” It’s the best film I’ve seen this year, or for the last 10 years for that matter. I hope it wins everything, but I particularly hope Colin Firth wins the Oscar for best actor.   The movie’s portrayal of genuine friendship between two adult men (however embellished or apocryphal it […] Read More

Five years ago a former seminary professor who was doing volunteer work at our church was cleaning out his files. He walked into my office and handed me an old legal-size poster that said “Baptists Through the Ages.”   I had seen the chart in books in college and seminary, but never close up. With […] Read More

“Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.” – C.S. Lewis, “A Grief Observed”   Last week one of our […] Read More

I genuinely long for honesty and transparency so it’s only fair to disclose here that which I’ve privately held for many years: I don’t understand prayer. This isn’t some blithe ministerial bait-and-switch. I really, really don’t get it.   I’ve genuinely tried to diagnose this problem, and it wasn’t until recently that my wife managed to […] Read More