I Like Duke

I didn't go there for college or seminary.No one in my family went there.Most people want them to lose.But to the extent I follow college basketball and the Final Four (moderate), I want Duke to win it all.Is it because some people say I look like Coach K?Is it...

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A Revelation

This past week, I entered a new phase of life.Bi-focal contact lenses.Oh my gosh. They work.So on Sunday, as I was reading from Leviticus 16, John 19, and Hebrews 10, I could actually read the words printed on the pages of my bible instead of having to rely on the...

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Gone Goats & Facebook Status

While I'm not on Facebook, I have an awareness of its power. So at the end of yesterday's message -- based on the connections between Leviticus 16, John 19, and Hebrews 10 and with the Rob Bell-inspired refrain "the goat has left the building" -- I invited the people...

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The Goat Has Left The Building

Do NOT miss the opening worship element of the final Sunday of old. rugged. cross.I can't tell you what we're doing, but I can tell you it will be good. Very good.And then a message about which I am SO excited: "The Goat Has Left The Building."old. rugged. cross. has...

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Five Favorite Songs

Don Imus is back on TV and radio, and I occasionally stop on his show while channel surfing in the morning. He has a new twist: he gives the top five songs of every guest he has on the show.So since I'm the guest of my own blog, I thought I'd give my own Top Five...

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It’s Bigger Than Church

Not long ago, I saw a church describe itself as "an incredible move of God."My first thought was, "Man, that's brash. Isn't that the kind of thing you let other people say about you instead of claiming it for yourself?"Yet as I considered that description for a few...

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Recurring Dream

As long as I have been in ministry, I have a recurring dream that borders on a nightmare. The details have changed through the years, but the basic premise is the same . . .While at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe, NC, I'd dream that worship was ready to begin, the church...

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A New Look At The Old Cross

Each week during old. rugged. cross. we are presenting a version of that classic hymn. In the first week, Claude York, accompanied by Chris Macedo on acoustic guitar, sang it with all the Southern Gospel gusto of the original.Yesterday, however, was different. With...

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Foolish Power

I Corinthians 1:18 - 2:5 is an incredible section of Scripture. You can read it here. It's a section I've been yearning to preach on since my first semester in seminary back in 1987.This Sunday, at long last, I get to do just that as we move to Week Two of old....

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In Whose Hands?

We arrived back from California last night and I jumped into teaching my Thursday class on the Gospel of John.The Gospel itself is fascinating enough. But I have become even more interested in John himself -- writer, theologian, artist, churchman.We've gone to great...

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