Is Psalm 37 Narcissistic?

Psalm 37:4 says this:Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.At first glance, the self-absorption of those words raises all kinds of questions.  What if my heart's desire is to make a ton of money and keep it all for...

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Hold On To 16 As Long As You Can . . .

While I was rummaging through an old photo album, I came across some very funny pictures from when I was 16:These come from the semi-final match of the 1978 Texas State Championship for Boys' 16-and-under, played that year in the heat of San Antonio.In the top photo...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rock Anthems

The Memorial Day weekend is typically that time when classic rock stations air their countdowns of the "greatest rock songs of all time." Inspired by the Indianapolis 500 auto race, some stations go from 500 all the way down to Number One. Others have more modest...

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Old School Week 4 — Suffered Under Pontius Pilate

In one of the most memorably ironic moments in all of Scripture, Pontius Pilate washes his hands of Jesus and declares to the mob:“I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”  (Matthew 27:24) The irony, of course, is that...

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Preaching Roles

I have been wrestling recently with the different roles that I have played in the different sermon series of 2013.Not that I have been different people or that I am merely acting a part.It's just that different series demand distinct aspects of the pastoral...

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What An Engineer Does With The Virgin Birth

Monday's post gave the background for and manuscript of Sunday's sermon called Conceived By The Holy Spirit, Born Of The Virgin Mary.The hook, as you may recall, was Luke's slightly sarcastic, thoroughly in-your-face comment:  "He was the son, so it was...

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Conceived By The Holy Spirit, Born Of The Virgin Mary

Yesterday's exploration of third line of the Apostles' Creed -- Conceived By The Holy Spirit, Born Of The Virgin Mary -- jumped off of four simple words from Luke 3:23:So it was thought.I was first alerted to the significance of those four words in a though-provoking...

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Being The Sermon

One of the ways we measure how well we are inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ is through what we call serving in love.  The more people who adopt a servant life-style -- fostered by but not limited to church-related projects --...

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