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About Nick Lannon

Nick is a 2000 graduate of the University of Arizona and a 2007 graduate of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, having studied Communications and Religious Studies while at Arizona and Systematic Theology and Ethics at Trinity. An avid movie-watcher, NBA fan and all-around couch potato (when he's not playing basketball or softball), Nick is fascinated by the intersection of the Gospel and everyday life. Ordained in 2007, Nick has pastored Episcopal churches in Jersey City (NJ), Denville (NJ), and Louisville (KY). He has served as Editor-in-chief and Director of Content, Research, and Writing at LIBERATE, the former resource ministry of Tullian Tchividjian, with whom he co-authored "It is Finished: 365 Days of Good News." Nick currently serves as Associate Rector of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Nick grew up in northern Virginia and lived there until going to Arizona in 1996, harboring naïve fantasies about playing on the basketball team. He currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Aya and three children, Hazel, Patrick, and Charlie.


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    Death, Taxes, and the New England Patriots

    Death, Taxes, and the New England Patriots

    I’m a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. In the main, the Steelers are a pretty great team for whom to root. They’re almost always pretty good, and win their division most years. Their ownership is stable, evidenced by the fact that they’ve had three coaches since 1969. For comparison’s sake, the Cleveland Browns—a nominal rival of the […]

    UCF Tries to Make Themselves...Just Like Me

    UCF Tries to Make Themselves…Just Like Me

    Are you excited for the Georgia/Alabama game on Monday? The one that will crown the 2018 National Champi…oh, wait. Apparently the University of Central Florida already claimed the 2018 National Championship after their Peach Bowl victory over Auburn (admittedly, the only team who beat both Georgia and Alabama this season). What are we to make […]

    No, Actually, I Don't Work Out: Good News for Unwilling Hearts (A DC Conference Preview)

    No, Actually, I Don’t Work Out: Good News for Unwilling Hearts (A DC Conference Preview)

    I don’t have any acquired tastes. I don’t drink coffee, or smoke a pipe, or do anything else that I didn’t like the first time. And no, actually, I don’t work out, either. I used to think that I was just weak…but now I’ve realized that while I am weak, I’m not just weak. I am […]

    The Celebration Department

    The Celebration Department

    I want to be clear about something from the very start: I adore my cell phone. From the very first time I found myself in the grocery store, not knowing if my wife wanted tuna fish packed in water or in oil and I was actually able to call and find out, I was in […]

    Happy Independence Day: You're Not Free

    Happy Independence Day: You’re Not Free

    When, in the course of human events, it become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with one another…wait, that sounds familiar. Has someone said that before? Those, of course, are the first words of the Declaration of Independence, the document that led to the American freedom from Great […]

    Be Prepared to Be Unprepared

    Be Prepared to Be Unprepared

    I was a Boy Scout for a while…until I realized that none of the cool kids were Boy Scouts. As soon as I figured out that it wasn’t “cool” to be in the Boy Scouts, I quit to try to jump start my social life. It turned out, of course, that my social problems weren’t […]

    You Are God's Favorite

    You Are God’s Favorite

    The Bible says that “every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of Lights” (James 1:17). This is a beautiful sentiment. The truth on the ground, though, if you just open your eyes and look around the world, is slightly different. It’s more like “every good and perfect gift comes with a […]

    After God’s Own Heart: Life, Death, and the Gospel in the Story of King David – A Conference Breakout Preview

    It’s one of the most famous lives in the Bible. Chosen by God from seeming obscurity, faced immediately with an obstacle of gigantic proportions (wink wink), and—in the final analysis—a hero and sinner beyond compare, David’s story is a story that can sometimes be hard to relate to. It’s cinematic in its drama and packed with twists and turns…it would be easy to think that David’s life was one-of-a-kind. But it’s not. The stages (if not the gritty details) are lived out again and again by every person who has ever lived. In a powerful way, one of the most famous men in the history of the world is an everyman. David’s story is your story. It’s our story. It’s a story of God’s sovereignty, power, judgment, mercy, and grace.

    At 2:30pm on Friday, April 28th at the 10th annual Mockingbird Conference, I’ll tell this story again. We’ll revisit David’s incredible life (focusing specifically on four watershed moments: his selection as future king, his duel with Goliath, his soap opera with Bathsheba and Uriah, and his final Song of Deliverance) and discuss how God’s interactions with David can help us understand his interactions with us. How does God make choices? How does he stand up for his people when they are in trouble? How does he deal with broken sinners? These questions and more find their answers in the life and rule of King David.

    David was called something that we’d all like to be called: “a man after God’s own heart.” His story gives us better news: God is after us. Come hear the story in a fresh way later this month. I’m looking forward to being with you all in New York City!

    Register for the 10th annual Mockingbird conference here!

    Gideon in the Dojo: Grace with a Karate Chop

    Gideon in the Dojo: Grace with a Karate Chop

    The other day, a dear friend posted a photo on Instagram that piqued my interest immediately. It showed her son, wearing a gi, proudly holding up a broken board. Her caption said “Joel the white belt.” Now, as proud as I am about my dear friend’s kid’s achievements, this wasn’t what drew my attention. The […]

    Why All Christian Music Sounds the Same (Even When it Doesn't)

    Why All Christian Music Sounds the Same (Even When it Doesn’t)

    The other day, my sister (who was visiting from out of town) walked into our kitchen during the chaos that is breakfast prep. Over the usual din (“What cereal do you want? Oh, all three kinds? No, it’s too late for eggs”) she heard the song that we were listening to (it happened to be […]

    <i>All is Lost</i> and Yet, All is Not Lost

    All is Lost and Yet, All is Not Lost

    I finally caught up with the nearly dialogue-free Robert Redford film All is Lost (written and directed by J.C. Chandor, writer/director of Margin Call). Redford stars as “Our Man”, an aging-but-capable mariner who finds himself lost at sea. Apart from a bit of opening narration (Redford reading what amounts to a giving-up-on-life note, telling loved […]

    Impossible is Nothing… And Everything: A Conference Breakout Preview


    I think it was three or four slogans ago that had the Army asking us to be all we can be. I wonder, actually, if that was happening during the same time the first Mission: Impossible movie was coming out. Seems like forever ago. In light of Ethan Hunt hanging on to the outside of an airplane as it’s taking off, “be all you can be” seems refreshingly possible. You know you’re in kind of a sticky spot when you find yourself wistfully remembering a time when things seemed possible, right?

    So much seems impossible now.

    It’s impossible to graduate from college and get a job in your chosen field, much less one that will begin to make a dent in your student loans. It’s impossible to date in the world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, not to mention that world of Tinder and Grindr. It’s impossible to be the kind of provider for your family that will allow you an undisturbed sleep at night. Impossible is everywhere. Impossible is everything.

    And Jesus doesn’t seem to be helping.

    With his commands to turn the other cheek, to love and pray for your enemies, to give even more ground to those who persecute you, and to give everything you have away, Jesus only ratchets up the bar of impossibility. Impossible doesn’t just live in the world. If it did, we could boo and hiss at it and think ourselves safe and immune, ensconced in our pews. But impossible lives at church, too. “Therefore you must be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Thanks a lot, Jesus.

    During the morning break-out sessions on Friday (10:30am, April 15) of the up-coming Mockingbird Conference, I’ll be hosting a discussion of the impossible. It’s called “Impossible is Nothing…and Everything.” We’ll talk about some of the impossible things God asks of us in the pages of Scripture, and some of the impossible things life asks of us every day. As we see, more and more, that impossible is everything (or, more accurately, that everything is impossible), we’ll get a clearer and clearer picture of the Good News: that because of God’s accomplishments in Jesus Christ, impossible is nothing. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope to see you there.

    Pre-register here!