Monday, July 2, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Believe (in) Me | This Week's Sermon

Sure, you believe in Jesus. But do you believe Jesus?

Matthew 17:14-23, “Believe (in) Me” (4/29/2018)   

RIGHT-CLICK HERE to download the MP3. You can access many more of my sermons on the church website,

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Judge Not?

One of the sharpest shifts in our society recently is that the average person on the street now knows nothing about the Bible. When I was a kid, even the "unchurched" (I'm not a huge fan of that term) knew basic Bible stories and a few verses.

Today, though, people only know ONE. "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

But what does that really mean? Stephen Altrogge wrote a great post on the topic, which I highly recommend. You can find it here: Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

PODCAST WEEK: #4, "These Go to Eleven"

So, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking two things...
1. “Podcast Week was in November. It's over.”
 And to that I say, I've only posted once since then, so podcast week never really ended. 
2. Another podcast? You already had, like, three!” And to that I say, now I'm on four. I’m geeked to be co-hosting These Go to Eleven with my boy Nathan Bell!
Unlike the Gut Check Podcast, we discuss not just pop culture, but current issues, church life, practical theology, etc. And sometimes the Rev. James King pops by to excoriate us. My first ep dropped last night and I am greatly looking forward to many more to come. 

You can follow on iTunes, and pretty much every other podcast app and aggregator, or on the web.
Name: These Go to Eleven
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New Eps Drop: Every Tuesday night, timed so that each ep goes to 11:00. (Get it?)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Let Me Fill Your Holiday Travel with My Blathering

So, I told you about my three podcasts. Yesterday, for the first time I updated all three of them at once, all with longer-than-usual audio.  If you've got  a long Thanksgiving drive ahead of you and you're looking for podcast eps with a certain “Zach going on and on” quality, let me point you to:

Clinch: A Podcast of Fiction and Not-Fiction, Chapter 19
In which I read from a platform-building satire and unload the next installment of Clinch: A Novel.

Judson Baptist Church Sermon, “Healing and Thanksgiving” 
In which I preach on Luke 17:11-19, Our Lord's healing of the ten lepers and the return of one to praise God and show his gratitude to Christ.

The Gut Check Podcast, Episode 83
In which Ted Kluck and I discuss a bunch of random stuff, including my new book Playing Saint | All Souls’ Day and savage the proto-Nineties faux-deep trash movie Dead Poet Society for being about nothing while simultaneously being bloated with self-importance.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

PODCAST WEEK: #3, Clinch: A Podcast of Fiction and Not-Fiction

Okay, so this "Podcast Week" is a week like Gut Check Literacy Month was a month. But anyway, here I am, highlighting my third (and final) podcast. This one is called Clinch: A Podcast of Fiction and Not-Fiction."

Every week, I talk about an aspect of writing or publishing, through the lens of my "writing journey" (ugh, I hate that phrase), including sort of a raw autopsy of my brief stint with the biggest of big publishers. Then, the second half of the ep is me reading a chapter from Clinch, a YA novel about a couple high school kids in a small town, one of whom is convinced God has called her to be a masked superhero. People seem to like it. You should check it out.

Name: Clinch: A Podcast of Fiction and Not-Fiction
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Updated: Every Wednesday

Friday, August 18, 2017

PODCAST WEEK: #2, The Gut Check Podcast

This week (and, I guess, into next week), I'm featuring my podcasts on my blog! Today, I bring you the Gut Check Podcast!

For the past few years, my buddy Ted Kluck and I have talked publishing, caffeine, cigars, and anything else that comes up. We spent a year and a half bringing you "Gut Check Literacy Month," in which we read an end-times satire called re:raptured. Once, we ate an entire box of tacos "on the air" and reviewed them. We also review gross energy drinks as if they were fine wines. It's not for everyone. 

You can follow on iTunes, and pretty much every other podcast app and aggregator, or on the web.
Name: The Gut Check Podcast
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Updated: About every other week