Psychologizing Vs. Theologizing

It is awfully easy in the pastorate to slip into the role of armchair psychologist.Which means this: when people make appointments to meet with me in my office to discuss a pressing life issue, I listen reflectively, probe background and even childhood issues, and try...

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Microphone Malfunction

I fought with my microphone all day yesterday.It started popping at the most inopportune moments during the 8:30 service.  I couldn't tell if it wasn't connected to the battery pack correctly or if the cord was caught up in my clothing or even if I just wore the...

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Man On The Run Launch — Running For Your Life

Quick:  if you hear the name Jonah, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? The fish, of course.  (Or whale, depending on how you’ve heard the story.) But Jonah is not about a guy in a fish.   It’s about a man trying to escape his call, hide...

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A Tale Of Two Eric Clapton Concerts

In 1986, Julie and I went to an Eric Clapton concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden.  Clapton looked something like this:Meanwhile, we concert goers that night looked a bit like this:Well, this past Tuesday night, Julie and I saw him again.  It was...

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Coming To Life . . .

Here's the video testimony that closed the sermon on Sunday:Not only is "that what a living relationship with Jesus Christ is all about," that's what being able to pastor and teach at a church where we are inviting all people into a living relationship with...

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Journey Of Stones, Easter Weekend — Rolling Stone

So we wind up our Journey Of Stones with an Easter experience called Rolling Stone.No, the band won't sing Satisfaction.It won't even do the Stones' most theologically sophisticated song, Sympathy For Devil (it doesn't mean what the title suggests). Instead, will dig...

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To Me Before Through Me

This coming weekend, as you might expect, I long for God to do something through me.  Through us, actually.I hope and pray that he takes our welcome teams, our music teams, our audio-visual volunteers, and ultimately the words of my sermon and through all of...

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