Creatures Of Habit, Week 5 — The Not Eating Habit

It's Super Bowl Sunday. It's Scouting For Food Sunday. ( See below.) And yet it's the Sunday we wind up Creatures Of Habit with a message called "The Not Eating Habit"? What in the world is that about? Sunday. 8:30, 10, 11:30 on Moss Road. 10, 11:30 on Zoar Road....

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Celebrate His Rule With Trembling

Here's Psalm 2:11 Serve the Lord with fear     and celebrate his rule with trembling. Yikes. I sense that few people celebrate the Lord's rule.  More object to it.  Still more re-fashion it to suit their own agenda.  Even more simply ignore it. And yet the call to...

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The “Habitude” Sermon Rewind

So . . . how do three pastors in two languages preach variations on the same sermon while on different campuses? Very carefully is the expected answer; I pray that Very boldly was the real one. Here was yesterday's situation:  Chris Thayer, the site pastor of our Zoar...

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Ministry As A Performance?

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've had a couple of funerals this week. And in the funeral I led yesterday -- you can read the obituary here -- the man we celebrated had been an accountant.  And a pastor. Now: vocationally, he was an accountant.  That's how he'll...

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A Half-Sentence For The Preacher’s Toolbox

People who are in grief want to talk about the person who has died. The want to speak the person’s name. They want to share memories. They want to laugh about the funny things the person said and did and believed. In pastoral ministry, one of the most important things...

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The “Habit Drop” Sermon Rewind

What I have below is an approximation of what was preached at Good Shepherd yesterday. That's because what is below is better in written form that what the talk looked like on Sunday. Why? Because the metaphor in many ways became the message. The metaphor of an...

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Creatures Of Habit, Week 3 — Habit Drop

This object, placed on the Worship Center platform today, is at the center of Sunday's message.     What in the world is it and what does it have to do with "Habit Drop"? To discover that, it's ... Sunday. 8:30, 10, 11:30 at Moss Road. 10, 11:30 at Zoar...

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