A Not Responsive Reading

In many of the more liturgical churches, responsive readings are a key element in the Sunday worship flow. Often found in the back of the hymnal book, responsive readings typically take sections of Scripture, divide them into parts for the “Leader” to read followed by...

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PrayFast, Week 1 — The “Living Prayer” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's opening sermon in the PrayFast was quite a departure from the norm . . . but that's going to be the case for each message in the series. Here's some of what was different: We concluded the sermon by doing -- together! -- a "dress rehearsal" for a daily...

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What I’d Like To See In 2016

On this final day of 2015, here's some of what I'd like to see in 2016:   Don Henley to bring a tour of solo material to the Charlotte area. Ann Patchett to release a new novel. Roger Federer to win one more Grand Slam tournament. The Golden State Warriors to...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Books I Read In 2015

So I like to read a lot. I read to fall asleep.  I read on days off. I read out in the sun.  I read on vacation. I read while traveling.  I read while I'm driving. OK, that last one was a lie.  Except for text messages. Anyway, as 2015 winds down, here are the books...

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What Difference Did The “Pause Pledge” Make?

On the last Sunday of November, 2015, we asked the people of the church to make this pledge:   So here are my questions as the month of December winds down: 1.  Did you make a "Pause Pledge"? 2.  To what extent did you keep your "Pause Pledge"? 3.  What...

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A Christmas Eve Sermon — “The Manger Throne”

Christmas Eve sermons are a challenge. For one . . . what can you say that people haven't heard before? For two . . . should you even say anything that people haven't heard before? For three . . . how best approach the evening?  Gently? Boldly? Evangelistically? ...

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