Man On The Run Launch — Running For Your Life

Quick:  if you hear the name Jonah, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? The fish, of course.  (Or whale, depending on how you’ve heard the story.) But Jonah is not about a guy in a fish.   It’s about a man trying to escape his call, hide...

read more

A Tale Of Two Eric Clapton Concerts

In 1986, Julie and I went to an Eric Clapton concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden.  Clapton looked something like this:Meanwhile, we concert goers that night looked a bit like this:Well, this past Tuesday night, Julie and I saw him again.  It was...

read more

Coming To Life . . .

Here's the video testimony that closed the sermon on Sunday:Not only is "that what a living relationship with Jesus Christ is all about," that's what being able to pastor and teach at a church where we are inviting all people into a living relationship with...

read more

Journey Of Stones, Easter Weekend — Rolling Stone

So we wind up our Journey Of Stones with an Easter experience called Rolling Stone.No, the band won't sing Satisfaction.It won't even do the Stones' most theologically sophisticated song, Sympathy For Devil (it doesn't mean what the title suggests). Instead, will dig...

read more

To Me Before Through Me

This coming weekend, as you might expect, I long for God to do something through me.  Through us, actually.I hope and pray that he takes our welcome teams, our music teams, our audio-visual volunteers, and ultimately the words of my sermon and through all of...

read more

A Sermon Through The Ears Of An Eight Year Old

Last Sunday, a proud father handed me these notes that his eight-year old daughter had taken during the sermon that morning:She caught all the highlights of the message.  And not a few of the asides, the "oh by the ways," the throwaway lines that apparently...

read more

Journey Of Stones, Week 3 — Crying Stones

Some of us have had pet rocks.But not of us have had talking stones.We'll see what Jesus was talking about in Luke 19:40. And we'll also see that -- as is true of so much else in the bible -- context is everything.  You can't understand this verse unless you know...

read more