The Danger Of Familiarity

The Danger Of Familiarity

One of the dangers of being a long-time Christian is that you begin to think you know what a particular section of the bible is about — since you’ve read it so many times — before you sit down to encounter it once again. Case in point: Romans 6-8. For many years, I’ve...

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Guest Blogger – Chris Thayer – Anxiety

Guest Blogger – Chris Thayer – Anxiety

Anxiety is a lie. The worst kind of lie. The kind your own mind and body tell you. Mine tells me that people will hate me. Leave me. That things will snowball beyond my control. That an insignificant incident will become an uncontrollable catastrophe. For everybody...

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Pastoring To Preach Or Preaching To Pastor?

Pastoring To Preach Or Preaching To Pastor?

Years ago, I heard a clergy-coaching-type ask a rather provocative question of a group of us: Do you pastor so that you can preach or do you preach so that you can pastor?Meaning:  as one who leads a local church, do you provide a ministry of presence in people’s most...

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Top Five Preaching Rituals, Routines, And Habits

Top Five Preaching Rituals, Routines, And Habits

Given that this is US Open time of year, the Charlotte Observer recently ran a story about the rather unusual — OK, bizarre — routines, habits, and superstitions that pro tennis players bring to their games. For example, Andre Agassi went commando in his first match...

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How I Answered Five Questions About Preaching

How I Answered Five Questions About Preaching

As part of its ongoing Leadership Development process, the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church asked five of its preachers to answer five specific questions about the craft. The column released late last week, but may have been overlooked...

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The Real Romans Road

The Real Romans Road

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 sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It...

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The Breadcrumbs Of Preaching

The Breadcrumbs Of Preaching

Over the past six months or so, I have heard two different one point sermons that caught my attention. The preachers in question delivered well developed, biblically faithful, and rhetorically compelling messages. The one point, once revealed, served as both the...

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