An Ad For A Trilogy

This ad came in an e-blast from Christianity Today magazine: The opening line makes me sound kind of like preaching's Stephen King, but I kinda like it.  

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How Much Horsepower Is In The Gospel?

Romans 1:16-17 is a clarion call for New Testament Christians.  It also sets the agenda for the rest of the letter: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the...

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“Generations” Sermon Rewind . . . Sort Of

I had a sermon yesterday. It was even pretty good. But it did not compare with the video that closed it.  Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqPlKB7B9zY   Leaving your mark isn't about what you accomplish; it's about who you influence.

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Why People Are Getting Baptized This Sunday Night . . .

This Sunday evening, scores of folks will Take The Plunge into the waters of baptism at Good Shepherd.     Many of them have explained to us in writing why they want to go public by getting wet.  Here are a few of the reasons: From 8 year old: Jesus died on...

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The Order In Which Things Happen

A friend recently gave me a copy of Andrew Murray's Abide In Christ.  Murray was a South African pastor and author from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and this particular work is a classic devotional treatment of Jesus' words in John 15.   While doing my...

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One Day, Two Books

Well, advance copies of these arrived in my office a few days ago. In my right hand you see The Shadow Of A Doubt and in my left hand is The Storm Before The Calm.  Both have an official release date of September 15, 2015, but Abingdon Press was kind enough to send me...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Statement Songs

During the height of his Reformation battles, Martin Luther reportedly said, "Here I stand; I can do no other."  With slightly lower stakes and sometimes lesser motivations, popular musicians have turned their songs into the same kind of statements.  These songs...

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