“Behind Enemy Lines” — Sermon Rewind

For yesterday's message . . . what happened in the lobby afterwards was more important than what happened in the Worship Center during; the church got to learn a new word; the church was able to celebrate its own remarkable history of generosity and impact; the bottom...

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The Past, The Present, And The Mercy

William Faulkner  once famously noted, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” I wonder if he ever spent time in my office. People bring a lot of baggage from their past that ends up poisoning their present. Both things done to them and things they’ve done to...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Pitfalls Of Pastoral Ministry

After over 25 years of full-time pastoral ministry, I believe I have a reasonably good understanding of how it works. Or how it doesn’t. So what are those things that a pastor needs to avoid if he or she will have both an effective ministry and a vibrant spiritual...

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What The Creed Says . . . And What It Doesn’t Say

I love the last line of the Apostles’ Creed: [. . . I believe] in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen. While the Creed may not have the same level of authority as inspired Scripture, it nevertheless represents the best of the collective wisdom...

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On The Up And Up, Week Four — Driving In Traffic

Psalm 133 1 How good and pleasant it is     when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,     running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard,     down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon...

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Some Random Wonderings

I doubt anyone can give a definitive answer to these questions, but here's what I've been pondering recently:   Why am I just now realizing what a good writer Stephen King is? Why do people turn the fans on full blast at the Y?  People: you're going there to...

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How John The Evangelist Is Like John The Irving

One of my favorite novelists is John Irving. He's the author of books that are both critically acclaimed and wildly popular, such as The Word According To Garp, A Prayer For Owen Meany, and The Cider House Rules. Most Irving novels blend high hilarity, deep pathos,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Songs From The 90s

This math will be revolutionary to no one, but . . . I realized today that the 90s started a quarter century ago. In some ways, 1990 seems like yesterday -- that's when I began full-time ministry, when Julie and I moved to the Carolinas, when we were in the early days...

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