When Scripture Stuns . . .

Not long ago, I began reading Paul's first letter to Timothy. I'd estimate that I have read through I Timothy between 25 and 30 times over the past 35 years or so.  (Interestingly, I've never based a sermon series on it.) But in spite of all that reading, I'd never...

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PrayFast, Week 4 — “Together Prayer”

This Sunday we get to take a bible verse OUT of the realm of magic and return it to its proper realm of Spirit-filled truth. How will we do that? By looking at the context, of course. Along the way, we'll share in collective praying, we'll take communion, and we'll be...

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Pastor Or Agitator?

So what’s the more profound role for a person in my position: pastor or agitator? If you say pastor, then you’ll believe that the most effective leader of a local church will care for souls, pursue healing, and excel in the ministry of presence. If you say agitator,...

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Some Thoughts On Writing For The Ear & Not The Eye

In my just-over-thirty-six-years of attending church and listening to preachers, I've sat through a number of sermons which sounded more like long essays than impassioned proclamation. And the fatal flaw of those sermons was the fact that they were written (and often...

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PrayFast, Week 3 — “Unending Prayer”

Why am I looking forward to church on Sunday? 1.  It's choir Sunday, which means a raucous, celebratory, full color explosion of praise on the platform. 2. The whole church has been praying in the same way all week.  The PrayFast Prayer Guides have been a complete...

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The Last Hymnal??

Several years ago,  a friend looked me in the eye and said in all seriousness, without a touch of irony, “You know, my granddaughter may never know what a hymnal is.” And . . . ? Not to be flip, but my yet-to-be-born grandchildren will never know what a manual...

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