Brand New Used Car

Bruce Springsteen says it this way in the song "Used Cars" from the Nebraska album:Now, the neighbors come from near and farAs we pull up in our brand new used carI've always loved that line: our brand new used car.And now we've got one.My son Riley was hit in the...

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Staff Retreat

Our pastoral staff spent Sunday night and all day Monday in Blowing Rock, NC.It was a time of retreat, renewal, and connection.It was also a result of my commitment to be more focused and diligent in my leadership of my friends and colleagues on the staff.As I've...

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Preparation & Delivery

I've looked at message preparation on every post this week.By now in the process, I have selected a title, excavated Scripture, unearthed one main point, and then attempted to bring that point to life. To this point, it's all pen on paper (very 20th Century, I...

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Bringing It To Life

My last post talked about getting to that one thing in a passage of Scripture that is practically begging to be preached.Once I settle on that, it's time to bring it to life.That's what happens on the sheet of paper to the right.I get the main idea and then do a solo...

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Getting The Sermon Out Of The Bible

So let's say I've got a series. I've even got a title or a starting point for a particular message.Where do I go from there?The bible passage itself. In general I use one passage rather than collecting several unrelated verses and making a sermon out of them. It's...

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Where Do Sermons Come From?

People often ask me where ideas for messages -- and even the messages themselves -- come from.I even get asked if the Methodist Church gives its pastors the topics to address each week (the answer to that is a most definite "no.")So where do sermons come from?For some...

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Top Secret

It's the first series we've ever done that has its own website. And based on the traffic there, a lot of you are eager to deal with secrets in healthy, hopeful ways. That's what we'll do, starting with the First Secret EVER. Sunday. 8:30. 10:00. 11:30.

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