From Bible Study To Movement

Like most pastors these days, I like to preach my messages in series. I have found that thinking "serially" harnesses my mind's creative bent and I have discovered that serial preaching best captures the attention of those who attend our church . . . and those who...

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Why I Love My Blog. And Why I Hate It.

I've been at this for eight years now.  Five days a week.  Virtually without fail. Here's my very first post, promoting a 2008 series on the book of Revelation called NUMB3RS:  https://simplifythemessage.com/2008/05/numb3rs/ So I love my blog.  Until I hate it.  Here...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I Miss From The 90s

Ah, the 1990s. Grunge music.  Seinfeld.  Bill Clinton.  Pete Sampras.  Michael Jordan. It's not long enough ago yet that people are necessarily nostalgic for  a return to that decade. Julie and I were in Monroe, North Carolina, I was pastoring Mt. Carmel & Midway...

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A Much More Interesting Question

As I keep growing as both an interpreter of Scripture and proclaimer of its beauty, I am learning to ask a much more interesting question. Let me show you what I mean.  Matthew's account of Jesus' crucifixion is one I have avoided for years.  Here's why: 51 At that...

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When Verses Obscure Scripture

You might look at the title to this post and think, “What?!  The verses ARE the Scripture!” No.  They’re not. The division of the bible into chapters and verses is a much later development.  You can read some of that story here. The original manuscripts were written...

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