Gone Goats & Facebook Status

While I'm not on Facebook, I have an awareness of its power. So at the end of yesterday's message -- based on the connections between Leviticus 16, John 19, and Hebrews 10 and with the Rob Bell-inspired refrain "the goat has left the building" -- I invited the people...

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The Goat Has Left The Building

Do NOT miss the opening worship element of the final Sunday of old. rugged. cross.I can't tell you what we're doing, but I can tell you it will be good. Very good.And then a message about which I am SO excited: "The Goat Has Left The Building."old. rugged. cross. has...

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Five Favorite Songs

Don Imus is back on TV and radio, and I occasionally stop on his show while channel surfing in the morning. He has a new twist: he gives the top five songs of every guest he has on the show.So since I'm the guest of my own blog, I thought I'd give my own Top Five...

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It’s Bigger Than Church

Not long ago, I saw a church describe itself as "an incredible move of God."My first thought was, "Man, that's brash. Isn't that the kind of thing you let other people say about you instead of claiming it for yourself?"Yet as I considered that description for a few...

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Recurring Dream

As long as I have been in ministry, I have a recurring dream that borders on a nightmare. The details have changed through the years, but the basic premise is the same . . .While at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe, NC, I'd dream that worship was ready to begin, the church...

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A New Look At The Old Cross

Each week during old. rugged. cross. we are presenting a version of that classic hymn. In the first week, Claude York, accompanied by Chris Macedo on acoustic guitar, sang it with all the Southern Gospel gusto of the original.Yesterday, however, was different. With...

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Foolish Power

I Corinthians 1:18 - 2:5 is an incredible section of Scripture. You can read it here. It's a section I've been yearning to preach on since my first semester in seminary back in 1987.This Sunday, at long last, I get to do just that as we move to Week Two of old....

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In Whose Hands?

We arrived back from California last night and I jumped into teaching my Thursday class on the Gospel of John.The Gospel itself is fascinating enough. But I have become even more interested in John himself -- writer, theologian, artist, churchman.We've gone to great...

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Progressions In Ministry

I have been thinking about how my understanding of my specific role as a pastor has changed through the years.Twenty years ago, in a small rural parish, my role was to provide comfort and counsel to people through the ministry of visitation. The first words my first...

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California Connections

Though I grew up in Texas and have lived on the East Coast throughout my adult life, California has always had a hold on my imagination.As I posted yesterday, 3/4 of my little family and I are here on a combination wedding trip / vacation.So what does California...

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