#TBT — May 1980 Which Makes It FORTY YEARS AGO

The school was Highland Park High School and our nickname was the Scots. That's why the school newspaper was called The Bagpipe. My best friend was the co-editor our senior year and so maybe he's the one who wrote the caption.  I think I was pretty skillful in...

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Saved By Works

Wait, what? Why would I, a preacher in the Christian, Protestant, Methodist tradition, title a blog post "Saved By Works"? Is not our faith defined this way:"by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by...

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Why Use Words When You Can Smith Them?

Some preachers use words.  Other preachers smith them.  One of my growing edges in ministry over the last decade or so has been to abandon the former and embrace the latter. Smithing words is especially important when, in a one point sermon, you craft the bottom...

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A Mother’s Day Gift Birthed On Easter

This Mother's Day gift is one of my favorite things ever. Here's why.  During my Easter Sunday message, I lamented how difficult it is to represent the empty tomb artistically.  The cross is much easier and as a result we have crosses that adorn our churches and...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Moody Blues Songs

Art rock.  Psychadelic rock.  Prog rock.  Whatever you want to call it the Moody Blues were at the forefront of it. I remember when I was about six years old and my older brothers and sisters had some of their albums in our house in Dallas -- and I thought both the...

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Where’s The Beef

On Wednesday night our Children's Ministry Team hosted a drive through Hamburger Project. Huh?   We offered prayer, resources, gift bags, hamburger coupons and, most of all, an opportunity for children and their families to make eye contact with Good Shepherd...

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Preaching For DECISION While Remembering MOTIVATION

As thrilling as it is to ensure that at least a moment in every sermon points to Christ and him crucified, it is even moreso when sermons issue an urgent yet loving appeal to surrender to his Lordship. Doing this well involves doing it with variety. It includes...

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