Top Five Tuesday — My Top Five Children’s Books

One of the treasures I brought back to Charlotte with me after a weekend in Austin, Texas was this copy of Jack London's The Call Of The Wild. ----------------------------------- My mother used to read this one to me as we sat by the heating vent in my parents'...

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Ephesians 3: Removing All Doubts It’s About The Pronouns

Over the last couple of posts, I have distinguished between ancient Greek speech making and modern American letter writing as we looked at the New Testament letter of Paul to the Ephesians. And Ephesians is 100% the former and 0% the latter. The pronouns have told us...

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Up In Arms, Week 2 — The “Justified” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Preached the RIGHT message (I hope) at the WRONG time of year; Shifted the focus from Peter's denial to Peter's tantrum; Shifted the focus from Peter to the servant girl who was "on to him." Generated a lot of moments of silence throughout the...

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The Value Of Sleeping On It

Earlier this week, I was wrestling with a bottom line for an upcoming sermon. The passage in question was tricky. The opportunity to go in multiple directions was both alluring and bewildering. The temptation to "borrow" the insights of another preacher was real. The...

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Why Don’t We Have A Calm System?

A friend of mine recently told a group of us that he has a minor condition with his nervous system.   ---------------------------------------------------- And I asked what I thought was the obvious question:  "Why don't we have a calm system?" We have nerve...

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Forty Years Ago Yesterday

Forty years ago yesterday, January 7, 1979, I became a Christian. I had been baptized as an infant in the Episcopal Church, but by the time I was four or five, my mom stopped going herself or taking her kids.  So I never went to Sunday School, never attended VBS,...

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Up In Arms Launches — The “Yellfest” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Started what might be our most timely series ever, Up In Arms; Presented Proverbs as one of the few places in the bible where context is something, not everything; Had a rare "two phased" bottom line.  For most of the message it was People who...

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