Our Buechner blog features articles from Fred and guest authors, selected excerpts from Buechner books, audio and video recordings, and announcements from the Frederick Buechner Center.

Today’s guest quote is by Anne Lamott, from Traveling Mercies:

Shelly's house was the only place I could really sleep. At my own, I'd try to but would feel a threatening darkness hanging over the castle, as if my parents' bad marriage were casting shadows like giant wings—shadows of alcoholism, shadows of people at my parents' frequent parties who necked in our rooms with...

Today’s guest quote is by Rob Bell, from Jesus Wants to Save Christians:

When the goal of a church is to get people into church services and then teach them how to invite people to come to church services, so that they in turn will bring others to more church services—that's attendance at church services.

And church is not ultimately about attending large...

Let Jesus Show

In this video clip Buechner relates the story of a little girl at a Christmas pageant.  The story was part of a sermon entitled “Let Jesus Show” which was published in Secrets in the Dark.  Click...

In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner...

Today’s guest quote is by Brian McLaren, from A New Kind of Christianity:

As I look back on my own experience with the Bible, I figure I've heard or given over two thousand "live" sermons on the Bible, not counting radio and TV sermons I've taken in. I've also read thou­sands of theological books and engaged in thousands of theological con­versations. How would I describe the...

Today’s guest quote is by John Ortberg, from The Me I Want to Be:

There are two ways of looking when it comes to a window. I can look at a window. I can notice the glass, see if there are any streaks or dust particles or bubbles in it. Or, I can look through a window. I can view the world beyond it by using it as an opening to the world.

Sometimes I look at the...

The following is an excerpt from Wishful Thinking, also later published in Beyond Words.

The earliest of the four Gospels makes no reference to it, and neither does Paul, who wrote earlier still. On later evidence, however, many Christians have made it an article of faith that it was the Holy Spirit rather than Joseph who got Mary pregnant. If you believe God was...

Today’s guest quote is by Anne Lamott, from Traveling Mercies:

Shelly's mother was a Christian Scientist. My father thought the Christian Scientists were so crazy that they actually made the Catholics look good. I was no longer close to the Catholics, as we had moved by this time into an old stone castle on Raccoon Straits on the north shore of San Francisco Bay. The castle had...

Today’s guest quote is by Rob Bell, from Jesus Wants to Save Christians:

The measure of a sermon is not whether it affirms what you already believe. A sermon is not a product to be consumed and then evaluated according to how good it was or whether it was pleasing or enjoyable.

 

If a sermon can be resolved in the time it took to deliver it, then it missed...

 

Here are three excerpts from Buechner’s sermon “The Longing for Home”, first published in The Longing for Home and again in Secrets in the Dark:

 

Home sweet home. There's no place like home. Home is where you hang your hat, or, as a waggish friend of mine once said, Home is where you hang yourself. "Home is the sailor, home...

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