About Kolby Kerr

Kolby Kerr serves as a bi-vocational minister at Restoration Anglican Church and high school English teacher in Richardson, Texas. He has contributed to Anglican Compass and several literary and educational publications. Kolby and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Beckett and Samuel, who generally keep him busy the rest of the time.
Kolby Kerr is an Anglican priest who serves as the Family Minister at Restoration Anglican Church in Richardson, Texas. He also contributes to the work of LeaderWorks, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership services to help church leaders do their work. He and his wife Emily live in Richardson with their two sons, Beckett and Samuel.

The Great Relief of Lent

Editor’s Note: You can listen to this Ash Wednesday Sermon on Restoration Anglican Church’s podcast. The life of Jesus is marked by healing. We marvel at the messiah as he travels through Galilee and Judea performing miracle after miracle, bringing wholeness and restoration to those who feel broken. Does the solemn reminder of mortality we receive at the outset of [...]

By |2020-03-03T09:37:31-06:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Good Friday: A Collect Reflection

Good Friday Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Asking God Every collect makes [...]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:05-05:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from October 23 to October 29: A Collect Reflection

Doomsday Politics If your Facebook feed or your mailbox haven’t already clued you in, Election Day is quickly approaching. The midterm elections bring with them a renewed enthusiasm for partisan shoving matches and giddy mudslinging from both sides. What strikes me in the last several turns of this electoral merry-go-round is the increasingly dire tone in the voices of opposition [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:11-06:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |1 Comment

The Formational Power of Digital Habits: Practical Recommendations for Pastors

This post originally appeared at LeaderWorks. A while ago, I wrote about the ‘Formation Gap in the Information Age.’ I’m troubled by the incredible formational power our technologies exert on us and how slow local churches have been to account for this in their discipleship. If we are not speaking to the digital habits of the people in the pews, [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:22-06:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Four Creative Constraints of the Preaching Life

This post originally appeared at LeaderWorks on January 23, 2018. Preaching may be more than art, but it is certainly not less. It is a craft and a skill. An individual may have certain gifts given by God, but those gifts are diminished if not stewarded by effort and practice. Excellence deceives us. When we see a baseball player effortlessly [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:29:40-06:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership, Preaching|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Ten Novels Every Pastor Should Read

This post originally appeared at LeaderWorks on April 17, 2018. You are not a robot. When someone asks why they should bother to read novels, that’s my answer. And when I’m asked this question by someone in ministry, I bold and italicize it. Because behind this question is an ugly utilitarianism: What will these books do for me? Reading fiction [...]

By |2018-09-22T16:12:35-05:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Week of the Sunday from September 18 to September 24: A Collect Reflection

Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with joyful hearts those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:31-06:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |0 Comments

Ten Poets Every Pastor Should Read

From LeaderWorks. Make sure to register for their upcoming webinar on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM CST. I made you a mixtape. Let me explain. "Yeah, I'd like to get into poetry." When I get to know someone in church ministry and it comes out at some point that I have a background in poetry, there’s usually just [...]

By |2018-09-17T13:06:37-05:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

Week of the Sunday from July 24 to July 30: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 24 to July 30 Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:02-06:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |4 Comments

Week of the Sunday from June 12 to June 18: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from June 12 to June 18 O Lord, from whom all good proceeds: Grant us the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may always think those things that are good, and by your merciful guidance may accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, [...]

By |2019-08-20T16:56:16-05:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Pentecost: A Collect Reflection

Pentecost Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in [...]

By |2019-04-21T17:11:43-05:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Yanny vs. Laurel, Pentecost, and What People Hear

For the record, I hear Laurel. I can’t not hear Laurel. My wife hears Yanny. I’ll let you know how that works out. This latest viral sensation, similar to ‘The Dress’ before it, plays on the maddening subjectivity of human perception. Whether it’s sight or sound, we take our sensory perception as bedrock and when something rattles it, the impact [...]

By |2019-04-21T17:12:01-05:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd): A Collect Reflection

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd) O God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice, we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect [...]

By |2019-03-08T15:42:57-06:00April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar

Easter isn't a finish line—it's our kickoff to a season of celebration. Still, pastors can be forgiven for admitting that after Holy Week, they are a little exhausted. Whether your church hosts vigils, daily services, or some other Easter extravaganza, there is a lot to juggle. Especially tricky is managing the liturgies. Palms and Passion, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday; [...]

By |2019-03-08T16:12:36-06:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Fixed in a Swiftly Changing World: A Collect Reflection for The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Passion Sunday

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The Fifth Sunday in Lent [Passion Sunday] Almighty God, you alone can bring [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:36:06-06:00March 17th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Pastoral Leadership and the Economy

The decline of the American church is often overblown. However, we have felt a seismic shift in cultural values in the 21st century. Even in the ‘Bible Belt’, it can’t simply be presumed that most people’s moral frameworks are founded on even a hazy understanding of the Bible. In looking for guidance in the behaviors of daily life, people simply [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:29:59-06:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Leadership, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Gift of Lent

Lent begins with a necessary reminder: you are dust and to dust you shall return. In Ash Wednesday, we speak these difficult words so that we might resist the influential fictions that our daily lives impress upon us. The fiction that we are in control. That we can fix ourselves. That we were designed first and foremost to love and care [...]

Collect Reflections: The Third Sunday of Epiphany

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The season of Epiphany is directed outward; it’s about the light that [...]

Generous Resolutions

Our church year begins with Advent, but self-reflection and goal-setting are good for all of us and the turning of the calendar is as good a time as any to start. This year, why not resolve to be more generous? Lots more ideas here! As we argue in Giving Up, generosity is at the heart of the gospel. [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:27:07-06:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Third Sunday in Advent: A Collect Reflection

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Advent By now, if you’ve been following the collect reflections, you’ve [...]

Slow Down This Advent

Advent is a time of waiting. As one who didn’t grow up but had to grow into the church calendar, the movement from increasing anxiety as Christmas approached to cultivating patient anticipation refreshed my hectic heart. December is a hard time for church leaders to slow down. But the always-on, always-connected world we built with blind optimism in progress is [...]

By |2019-11-22T11:21:04-06:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Interview: Arrabon

After the events in Charlottesville in August, I came across an article by Doug Paul of Missio Alliance with a catchy and convicting subtitle: "When a Generation of Church Planters Reach Only White People” In reviewing the book The Creative Class, Paul argues (persuasively) that in creating ‘hip’ church plants, many young pastors may be inadvertently signaling a bias toward white [...]

By |2019-01-08T17:30:13-06:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from Nov 13 to Nov 19; Proper 28, A Collect Reflection

It’s almost the end of the year. No, really. When I first became Anglican, I had little understanding of the church’s calendar. I knew that Advent was a thing that meant I should hold off on Christmas carols. I knew that Lent was a thing that meant I should give up something for 40 days. And…that was pretty much it. [...]

Week of the Sunday from Oct 30 to Nov 5; Proper 26, A Collect Reflection

It’s November now, and as leaves fall from the trees, so the days begin to pass by more quickly and we enter a season of busyness. It is a sad truth that what ought to be a season of rising anticipation often becomes for us a season of dread. We worry about travel, we worry about our schedules, we worry [...]