Fashion Statement, Week 2 — Suburban Outfit

Colossians 3:1-12 is one of my favorite sections in all of Scripture:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you...

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The Pastor As Prima Donna

I've noticed some disturbing things about myself recently.Such as a growing frustration with people who are simply minding their own business on a Sunday morning.Such as an increasing impatience if I have to wait even an extra minute before going over "my part" of the...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five College Fight Songs

Having spent part of the last weekend in Chapel Hill for Parents' Weekend, I found myself thinking of college fight songs.First, there was "Late Night With Roy," a UNC Basketball kickoff extravaganza complete with dancing, skits, Stuart Scott of ESPN, and, oh yeah, a...

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Fashion Statement Launch

Throw on a scarf here. Add some bling there. Don’t forget the shoes – they make the man, you know.We all make our own fashion statement. Some are more adept at it than others. We often pile on the accessories in hopes of elevating our outward appearance. It happens in...

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When A Sermon Is From The Bible . . . But Not Biblical

It is quite possible to preach a sermon that appears to be from the bible ... but is not at all biblical.How do you do that? By taking interesting, provocative, preachable verses, yanking them out of their immediate surroundings in the text, and preaching them that...

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Marathoning And Sprinting

Sometimes ministry is like running a marathon.Slow, plodding, relentless. These are the weeks in which a pastor can devote time to relationship building and long term planning. Last week was a marathon week for me.But then there are other times in which ministry is...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five John Mellancamp Songs

Early on, I didn't like John Mellancamp.First, there was the name. What was it? John Cougar? Johnny Cougar? John Cougar Mellancamp? Johnny Mellancamp? Mellan Johnnycamp? Why couldn't he just settle on one?Then, musically he seemed to me at first blush to be a poor...

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The Next Series

We were going to show this particular video promo at the conclusion of Sunday's service.Except it didn't really fit the mood that developed at each of our gatherings. We concluded our worship time with an old fashioned altar call, and then sat back and watched as God...

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