A New Prayer

At the turn of the 20th Century, Christianity was almost non-existent on the Korean penninsula. Today, just over 100 years later, more South Koreans identify themselves as Christians than any other religion. Eleven of the twelve largest churches in the world are in...

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What I Learned In Prison . . .

I spent a couple of days last weekend at the Kershaw Correctional Institution in Kershaw, SC, as part of the Kairos Prison Ministry there. There are a number of men at Good Shepherd who are deeply involved in Kairos and I was only too glad to help their program in...

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How We Crossed The Line For Crossing The Line

We launched our series Lines yesterday with a message called "Crossing The Line." It was a pretty clear call to conversion with the refrain: You'll never know it all, but you do know enough. So step over the line." Then the sermon concluded with this video featuring...

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Lines Week One — Crossing The Line

So we start "Lines" this Sunday.I think it's going to be one of our best series.It starts with "Crossing The Line" and here's where it goes after that:April 3: "Between The Lines"April 10: "Outside The Lines"April 17: "Bloodline"April 22: "Flatline" (Good Friday)April...

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Files, Files, Files

I have an entire file drawer dedicated to sermon illustrations.Beginning with one for "Abortion" followed by one for "Addictions" and then continuing on to places like "Grief," "Healing," "Methodism" (over which I have some grief and is in need of healing!), then into...

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Jesus And Comparative Religions

After having spent a couple of weeks in countries dominated by Buddhism (Cambodia) and Hinduism (India), my mind has been understandably focused on the relationship between Jesus and other religions.Which is why a couple of analogies given by Jesus' people in India...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Pics From Cambodia & India

Back on US soil, with a more consistent internet connection, we're now able to share some of the visuals from our sojourn to Cambodia and India.So here it is . . . in chronological rather than preferential order . . . our Top Five Pictures From Our Top Two...

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Best. Classes. Ever.

One of the unique things about this place is the collection of short-term, high-quality, content-heavy classes we offer each semester.We call it Passage -- as in a "passage" of the bible, but also a "passage" through which you walk.Our spring 2011 slate starts this...

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Headed Home

As you read this, I'll be somewhere over the polar ice cap on a 15 hour flight from Delhi to Chicago.At least I still have some good books to help pass the time. And Tylenol PM.Our team is both energized and exhausted.We are most grateful for all your prayers and your...

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