When I Feel Like A Pastor

One day last week, I went to the home of a family in the church to see how the man of the house was holding up after shoulder surgery. No crisis, no drama, no life-and-death; instead, an opportunity to get to know some folks beyond "hey, how's it going?" on a Sunday...

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The “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Sermon Rewind

After years of keeping my distance from the opening chapters of Genesis, I am now firmly in love with them. I'd never really known what to do with stories like Adam & Eve in the garden, Cain & Abel in the field, and the Lord himself as both a tailor of leather...

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The Real Romans Road (Reprise)

From the vault, circa 2012 . . .   Many of you are familiar with the Romans Road, a collection of verses from that signature New Testament book designed to lead people on the “road” to salvation. It starts out with our Problem from Romans 3:23:       For all have...

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My Morning Mood, Your Morning Mood

I have learned something recently that I think is worth sharing: What you listen to when you drive to work affects your mood when you get there. Now: I don’t have a long drive to work in the morning.  But for years, I have been listening to sports talk radio for my...

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The “Back When Cain Was Able” Sermon Rewind

The Back When Cain Was Able sermon was delayed a week by our need to address Charlotte's State Of Emergency a week earlier. So, according to the calendar it was the third week of Nooks & Crannies, but according to life, it was the second. It was a passage I loved...

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Nooks & Crannies, Week 2 — Back When Cain Was Able

So it got interrupted. It's still really good. I can honestly say that studying for and then preparing this message was as much fun as I have had in a long, long time. And here's why:  so often when we read the bible -- the early part of Genesis in particular -- we...

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Preaching That Exhorts & Preaching That Evokes

I was speaking with a good friend several years ago about the difference between exhortational preaching and evocative preaching. Exhortational preaching challenges. Urges. Implores. It is filled with phrases like “you should” and “we ought” and “do this” and...

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