Chiseled, Week 4 — The “Waste Removal” Sermon Rewind

The concluding message for Chiseled could well have served as the series opener. It was less about being chiseled for ministry and more about being chiseled for obedience. And ... it took a couple of detours involving violent video games, attachment to mobile devices,...

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#TBT — May 29, 1966 (Inspired by RIP, Adam West)

I was saddened to hear of the death of Adam West late last week at the age of 88. In the mid sixties, West had the TV role of Batman in the ironic, campy version of that superhero's story. Which leads me to this picture: I was so captivated by the TV Batman (and at...

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The Most Important Thing That Happened In Your Life . . .

The older I get, the more convinced I become that Christianity is not based on a philosophy; it's built on history. At the heart of our faith is not love thy neighbor or do unto others or even pray without ceasing. No, the heart of our faith is a decisive invasion of...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five 80s Songs

When it comes to music, the 80s seldom get much respect. Due to the influx of hair bands and the advent of MTV, many experts contend that the decade was rather long on style and short on substance.  The 80s are why Nirvana was such a revelation as its raw sonic boom...

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Ministry Toolbox

This is the season of the year when many United Methodist pastors begin new assignments. I’ve only been through that kind of season twice — once in 1990 when I graduated from seminary and began serving Mt. Carmel & Midway Churches in Monroe and again in 1999 when...

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