The Irony Of Christ-Likeness

One of the most oft-repeated phrases in evangelicalism is "Christ-likeness." As in, "the goal of discipleship is to grow us in Christ-likeness." Or: "we mature in faith as we become more Christ-like." Or even at a memorial service: "she (or he) was one of the most...

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Exhort? Or Evoke?

Several years ago, I was speaking with a friend on the difference between exhortational preaching and evocative preaching. Exhortational preaching challenges. Urges. Implores. It is filled with phrases like “you should” and “we ought” and “do this” and “consider...

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Burying The Lede

Well, not really. But keep reading long enough and you'll find me. Check it here. https://www.christianpost.com/news/adam-hamilton-says-umc-will-lose-at-least-3400-churches-next-year-over-lgbt-debate.html

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John Wesley’s Epitaph

John Wesley started a religious movement in the 1700s that eventually became the United Methodist Church. I heard this week about his epitaph. Here it is: Revive, enforce, and defend the pure apostolic doctrines and practices of the primitive church. Huh.

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Gods At War Launch — The “Godogamy” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Had a rare, late in the week edit in which the opening paragraph was gutted, replaced, and I think improved;Had a title with a word I think I might have invented;Recognized that the prelude to the Ten Commandments is as important as the...

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“Gods At War” Series Begins With “Godogamy”

Most of the time, when most of us read biblical stories warning us against the dangers of idolatry, we breathe a sigh of relief: “Well, I don’t have any little tin gods around the house, so I’ve got nothing to worry about.” And we couldn’t be more wrong. Idolatry...

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When A Friend Launches A New Venture

Claude Kayler is the founding pastor of Good Shepherd, having served it from its inception in 1991 to 1999. He is also one of my BFF Preacher Friends. Because he built Good Shepherd on THE Good Shepherd rather than upon himself, he was a good act to follow. Many...

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