The “Gideon Is More Than A Hotel Bible” Sermon Rewind

I felt so good about Sunday's sermon that I considered giving it on a Sunday other than the 4th of July weekend. But then I realized that God knows what he is doing, and that he would ensure those who needed the message the most would experience with clarity. So I...

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To Illustrate? Or Animate?

We preachers spend a lot of time and energy trying to bring life to our sermons through what have historically been called illustrations. Donald Grey Barnhouse, longtime pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, compiled the most famous collection of such...

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Crash Test Dummies Launch — “Last Things First”

You’ve seen them, haven’t you? They ride in the front seats of expensive cars and drive headlong into a brick wall. And then they do it again And again. They’re crash test dummies. Why do they keep doing the same dumb thing over and over again? Why do we?...

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Inviting All People . . . In All Places

In the picture below, you will see our India ministry partners alongside six young people with whom they were able to celebrate baptism.   The young people who were baptized live a region of known for worship of a particularly "powerful" native goddess.  Locals...

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The “How To Prevent Daddy Issues” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message was one of moderating and not moderating. For example, I originally had a bottom line that contrasted "diapers" and "Disney."  But over the last week, Disney became known for the alligator who snatched the two year old boy, and so it just didn't...

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Thursday Wisdom

As Preventology nears its conclusion -- it winds up on Sunday with How To Prevent Daddy Issues -- I thought it appropriate to reflect on some wisdom found beyond the book of Proverbs. Here's a sampling: You should always buy an umbrella when it's NOT raining. Ditto...

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