Some Time With A Benevolent Czar

On Tuesday night, I had dinner with David Benjamin, who was my tennis coach at Princeton University from 1980-1984.  Here we are at a local Princeton eatery: As I shared in an earlier post, I am in the Garden State this week preaching and teaching at the Ocean Grove...

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GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY (Well, Close Enough)

GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, NJ (well, close enough) A small handful of you will get the rock reference in the post's title. The rest of you will lament your lack of education. I don't normally post "on location" when I am out of town, but this is too much fun. I am at...

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Sovereignty & Money

John Piper said it this way: “He (Jesus) said more about money than he did about heaven and hell because where your treasure is there will your heart be also. So why do we have money? Money is God’s idea, what’s it for? Here’s the reason we have money: we have money...

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Unhappy Campers, Week 4 — Wildwood

One of my favorite of the classic Southern Gospel Camp Meetin' Songs is The Church In The Wildwood.  Here ya go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpOeU28951g   This Sunday, we won't necessarily be that church in the wildwood, but we will explore a wild story from...

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The Social Solitude Of Preaching

Preaching is an intensely solitary activity. Preaching is a thoroughly social exercise. Which is it?  Solitary or social? Yes. My own process of preparation is wholly wrapped in solitude.  I study, I jot, I brainstorm, I fret, I pray, I get excited, I become...

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The Methodists Made A Video About US!

The Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (that's a mouthful, but that's where I have spent my professional life and that's the denominational entity of which Good Shepherd is a part) recently made and posted a video about our church. The...

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Unhappy Campers, Week 3 — Where The Wild Things Are

Many of you remember this book from childhood: The place where all those "wild things are" is a place you want to leave; an uncertainty you want to escape, a freedom you're willing to give up. Of course, Maurice Sendak had nothing on the children of Israel. They heard...

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