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.

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 reading on the same topic.

On May 3, 2015 we will celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter.  Here are this week’s readings from the book of Acts:


Buechner is giving a lecture about preaching, and describes his early "training".

I suppose as a preacher I got my first training in language and it’s always been terribly important to me and you pay a price for language being important to you. I’m going to talk about that later on. But, nonetheless, that’s part of who I am. And the second part of who I am as a preacher is that I had...

I said, “The night is dark, Virgil Roebuck, and home’s a long ways off for both of us.” He didn’t’ say a word for a while. He just sat there at the desk in his Army boots and his cigarette between his teeth the way he does. Then he cupped his hand up over one eyebrow and tossed me one of those two-for-a-nickel highball salutes they used to do…That salute was him saying maybe we’re in two...

If somebody claims that you have to take the Bible literally, word for word, or not at all, ask him if you have to take John the Baptist literally when he calls Jesus the Lamb of God. If somebody claims that no rational person can take a book seriously which assumes that the world was created in six days and man in an afternoon, ask him if he can take Shakespeare seriously whose scientific...

In honor of Arbor Day, here is the article "Tree" from Beyond Words.

My brother liked digging holes, and...

I have tried to be as honest as I can be to my own experience: what it's like to be alive on this planet. With a particular eye cocked to, a particular ear cocked to the elusive, ambiguous presence of God.

- Buechner speaking to an audience at Calvin College

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

I was remembering an old story the other day about a man getting drunk at a bar in Alaska. He’s telling the bartender how he recently lost whatever faith he’d had after his twin-engine plane crashed in the tundra.

“Yeah,” he says bitterly. “I lay there in the wreckage, hour after hour, nearly frozen to death...

Today's guest quote is by Rob Bell, from Love Wins:


Jesus teaches us to pursue the life of heaven now and also then, anticipating the day when earth and heaven are one.


Honest business,

redemptive art,

honorable law,

sustainable living,



making a home,

tending a garden-


"O thou who art the sparrow's friend," he said, "have mercy on this world that knows not even when it sins. O holy dove, descend and roost on Godric here so that a heart may hatch in him at last. Amen.”

- from the novel Godric

In recognition of Earth Day, here is an article that was originally published in Whistling in the Dark and later in ...


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