Gideon’s Math. And His Aftermath.

Most of you who have heard of Gideon have done so because his name is on virtually every hotel room bible in the USA.

But then others of you know him because of his math: he took an army of only 300 soldiers and defeated many thousands of Midiantes.

That’s Gideon’s math.

But do you know his aftermath?   Here it is: read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reflections From The “Battle Of The Sexes” Movie

I’m not really Movie Review Guy.

If you frequent this space at all, you know I’m much more likely to comment on music and books than I am on film.

Yet last Friday Julie and I went to see the early 70s period piece Battle Of The Sexes.  (We asked for and received the Over 55 discount AND WE WEREN’T CARDED!  Yes, I’m bitter.) read more

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Bouncebackers Launch — The “Victor Of Circumstance” Sermon Rewind

This was a message with good content and good storytelling (David, Abigail, Nabal from I Samuel 25) and a good title, but ultimately in search of a bottom line.

I started out with It’s not your fault, but it is your chanceThen I moved to God adds his intervention to your initiative.  I thought of It’s your chance to start taking the responsibility you used to avoid.  read more

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Bouncebackers Launches Sunday — “Victor Of Circumstance”

We get knocked down.

We get up again.

You’re never gonna keep us down.

Or so we hope.

We’ve all been there – knocked down and presumably out for the count.  For a lot of us the wounds are self-inflicted.  For others, we’re victims.

But when we’re down in spirit, in relationships, in finance, and in hope, how do we bounce back?  Where are the sources of resilience, perseverance, and strength? read more

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#TBT — Before Blog, Before Books, The Was “The Trentonian”

Before I ever had a blog, before Abingdon Press ever started turning sermons into books, before even seminary … there was The Trentonian.

Huh?

Between 1985 and 1987, I was the tennis correspondent for The Trentonian, a tabloid-style daily serving Trenton, NJ and its surrounding towns, villages, and suburbs. read more

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Bible Lifting At Good Shepherd

Here’s a great shot taken as I was beginning my sermon this past Sunday at the Zoar Road Campus of Good Shepherd:

We’re one church in two locations.  Yet the mission, strategy, and values are identical at both locations and in both Spanish & English.

So we lift the bible (which includes bibles people bring, bibles on phones, and Scripture placed in the bulletin) on Moss Road and we lift the bible on Zoar Road … even when my preaching is via hologram as opposed to live. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Tom Petty Songs

I had another Top Five Tuesday planned.

But then Monday happened and Tom Petty died.

So here’s a reprise of a post from 2011:  my Top Five Tom Petty Songs.

I admit that early on Tom Petty took some getting used to.

First, there’s the voice. Unique. Sometimes he makes Bob Dylan sound downright melodic. read more

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Where Apples Fall, Week 5 — The “Falling Well” Sermon Rewind

You could have called it Switcheroo Sunday.

Yesterday, we became one church on two campuses with THREE preachers.

I preached live at our Zoar Road Campus (normally a video venue) while Chris Thayer preached live on our Moss Road Campus and Sammy Gonzalez held it steady en espanol.

We shared the same bottom line while personalizing the route taken to get there: read more

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Where Apples Fall, Week 5 — “Falling Well”

You knew we’d get here, didn’t you?

We’ve fallen apart, fallen alone, and even fallen hard, so it makes sense we’d take a look at what it means to fall well.

To do so, we’re changing Testaments, changing strategies, and even changing perspectives.

I think it’s going to be really good. read more

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Product Placement

Last night concluded a three-night Revival Series at the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church in Walkertown, NC, a bucolic town on the outskirts of Winston-Salem.

I preached a two-night revival there in 2016 and was grateful for the return invitation and expanded schedule.  My long-time friend and colleague Dan Lyons is the pastor at Morris Chapel and has been instrumental in these speaking opportunities. read more

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