How A Book Review Is The Heart Of A Sermon

During yesterday's message, I read a quote from New York Times columnist David Brooks.That in itself is not that unusual, as from time to time I'll read an item about the subject at hand from any number of scholars, observers, pastors, and thinkers.This particular...

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Man On The Run, Week 3 — Re-Run

Shows that are better as re-runs than they ever were as first-runs:Gilligan's IslandLaw & OrderLeave It To BeaverLaw & Order Criminal IntentI Dream Of JeanieLaw & Order SVUThe MunstersLaw & Order LA Saved By The BellLaw & Order Crosby Still...

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A Tale Of Two Tourist Stops

For our final day in San Diego, I spent time at two tourist destinations.One of them was what everyone does while in the city: the San Diego Zoo.  In a word: as good as advertised.  (Actually, that's four words, but you get what I'm saying.)Whether it...

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A Sunday At North Coast Calvary Chapel

While Julie is out in the San Diego area at a conference for professionals in the medical field, I am tagging along, serving as a VP's husband.So while her conference was beginning on Sunday morning, I took the opportunity to go to the 8:45 worship service at North...

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Man On The Run, Week 2 — Rundown

We've been saying throughout this series, "Jonah is not about a guy in a fish.  It's about a man on the run."  And so it is. But the part about the fish isn't so bad.To see what that's all about, check out Rudown.Sunday.8:30.  10.  11:30.

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Psychologizing Vs. Theologizing

It is awfully easy in the pastorate to slip into the role of armchair psychologist.Which means this: when people make appointments to meet with me in my office to discuss a pressing life issue, I listen reflectively, probe background and even childhood issues, and try...

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Microphone Malfunction

I fought with my microphone all day yesterday.It started popping at the most inopportune moments during the 8:30 service.  I couldn't tell if it wasn't connected to the battery pack correctly or if the cord was caught up in my clothing or even if I just wore the...

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