Small Action, Big Impact

Something seemingly insignificant made my day yesterday.My message involved an object lesson in which I cracked open a raw egg and let the yolk drop into a bowl. The idea was that the shell is not the substance.The same is true of the church (the shell) and the gospel...

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Life After Church

Many of us have experienced the ways in which church can be an obstacle to faith rather than an empowerer of it.When that happens, is there life after church? Is there faith after church?To enter that conversation, check out Philippians 1:12-18.And then hear for...

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What The Creed Says . . . And What It Doesn’t Say

I love the last line of the Apostles' Creed: [. . . I believe] in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.While the Creed may not have the same level of authority as inspired Scripture, it nevertheless represents the best of the collective wisdom...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rivalry Games

Thanksgiving Week is also rivalry week in college football.Historically, the best of the conference battles and border wars happen over the next six days: Alabama-Auburn, Texas-Texas A&M, Ohio State-Michigan, and many others.So what are my five favorite through...

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A Weekend Full Of Altar Calls

I experienced three different altar calls this past weekend, each of which took place in very different surroundings with varying degrees of impact.For those of you not familiar with the tradition, an altar call is a distinctively evangelical and predominantly...

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Eager For The Weekend

Two things have me eager for this weekend:1. On Saturday, I have the privilege of leading a seminar in a ministry class at Gordon-Conwell Seminary on funeral ministries. I'm helping my friend Steve Klipowicz by teaching 23 young pastors and pastors-in-training on...

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Blessing Houses

My cyber friend John Meunier has a interesting post on house to house visitation on the part of pastors.The timing was ideal.Just last evening, I went "blessing houses" with another preacher friend -- this one from Huntersville and he's a man I've met him in person...

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A Different Way To Watch Football

As a lot of you know, my son Riley recently finished his senior season with the Charlotte Christian School football team. The team did well, making the playoffs and losing to the eventual state champion.For me and Julie, Friday nights this fall were full of...

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