Storm Chasers

Get ready for an ouch. A lot of you like storms better than you like calm. Why?  Because when it’s calm it’s much harder to complain. And some of us simply cannot be happy unless we have something to complain about. It’s why we sabotage relationships. It’s why we...

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Believe It And Not

If you've never doubted, you've only half-believed. Faith has never been easy, and doubts are not your enemy.  Pretending is.  Hear that again:  Doubts are not your enemy.  Pretending is. If we've never doubted, if we've never wrestled with issues of faith, our belief...

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Only Human, Week 6 — The “Human Racing” Sermon Recap

Here's why I liked what we got to do yesterday: 1.  We had a Campaign that had nothing to do with pledging money and everything to do with pledging prayer time; and 2.  We rescued Psalm 46:10a from its Hallmark card safety and repositioned it dangerously into the...

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Only Human, Week 6 — “Human Racing”

Inspired by Fred Craddock, involving an Operation Christmas Child Radical Impact Project, including a stellar sermon from my friend and colleague Devin Tharp, Only Human has been one of my favorite series. And now it culminates on Sunday with "Human Racing," a message...

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Here I Raise Mine Ebenezer

The hymn Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing has this puzzling line: “Here I raise mine Ebenezer, hither by thy help I’m come . . .” What in the world is an Ebenezer? And how do you raise it? An Ebenezer stone comes from I Samuel 7:12 where the prophet raises a large...

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A Calvinism Conundrum

Here's a question I recently thought of regarding conversion, Calvinism, and predestination. It's based partly on my early faith experience as a 17-year-old and then partly out of an Ephesians-based bible study. Here it is: Do Calvinist Christians (great people, great...

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Everywhere I Went . . . There I Was

So this happened yesterday: What was all that about?  Well, Laurel University is an intimate, picturesque, undergraduate institution with a distinctively Wesleyan approach to its theology and practice. After all, its name until 2011 was John Wesley College and many of...

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