Methodism Is Really Pentecostal

The word "Pentecostal" conjures up all sorts of unsettling images for many of us: weird preachers who wear white suits and drive luxury cars, "staged" healing and deliverance services, people "falling out" in the spirit, or, worse, handling snakes. And then a sneaking...

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Don’t Fall For The Monthly Payment

If you've ever bought a car, you've had the sales person ask you, "So what kind of payments are you looking for?"As if the bottom line price of the car and its options doesn't matter, only what you have to shell out every month. Every month for the next four years. Or...

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Questions That Shake Your Faith

I have to admit that there are some days when I find my faith shaken to the core.Questions keep building and building. Questions without any easy answers.Questions like:Why does God allow mental illness?What redemptive purpose can you ever find in a suicide?Why is...

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The Day After Sunday

Preachers and Mondays. An interesting combination.A lot of pastors take Mondays off.But somewhere along the way, someone told me that pastors who do take Mondays off have a higher rate of clinical depression than those who don't. I have no way of verifying that claim,...

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Without Limit 2.0

Back in February we did a series called Without Limit. Based on John 3:34 -- "for God gives the Spirit without limit" -- it was four weeks of focus on the person and power of the Holy Spirit.In that series, I spoke and taught openly about praying in tongues, about...

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The Visitation

A few weeks ago, I was at a seminar about churches, leadership, and pastors. During the presentation, the leader said, "Newcomers to churches know how much better it is to get an email from a pastor than a visit from him."The line got a good laugh.But it got me...

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The Resurrection Of The Body

The Apostle's Creed puts it this way:I believe in the resurrection of the body . . . Yet the fact remains that most people don't take the resurrection of the body very seriously. They are more focused on the immortality of the soul.Most Christians believe that eternal...

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Syncretism & All Its Friends

Syncretism is not a common word in modern conversation, much less in the blogosphere.And no, it's not the name of that old Police album. That was Synchronicity.Though the word may not be that familiar, a lot of people are doing it. And believing it.Syncretism is a...

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It’s Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Easter

Huh?Come to one of our four Easter Celebrations -- 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, or 11:30 -- wait until the very end, and you'll see what I mean.The Easter services bring the Voices series to a rousing conclusion.The band is ready. The singers are ready. The A-V and lighting...

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Fame Dropping

Every so often in my 47 years, I have had brushes with the famous and the infamous. So here's a brief tour. (Please note: there is virtually no spiritual content on this post. No Methodism, no church leadership, no nothing. Just fame dropping.)I shook George...

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