A Sermon Through The Ears Of An Eight Year Old

Last Sunday, a proud father handed me these notes that his eight-year old daughter had taken during the sermon that morning:She caught all the highlights of the message.  And not a few of the asides, the "oh by the ways," the throwaway lines that apparently...

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Journey Of Stones, Week 3 — Crying Stones

Some of us have had pet rocks.But not of us have had talking stones.We'll see what Jesus was talking about in Luke 19:40. And we'll also see that -- as is true of so much else in the bible -- context is everything.  You can't understand this verse unless you know...

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A Sermon Killer

I know a preacher is in trouble whenever he or she says, "Webster's defines ___________ as __________________."  Why is a dictionary reference a sure-fire sermon killer?Because in preaching you should never define a word with more words.You define a word...

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From Occupation to Pre-Occupation

I have lived through seasons of life where Jesus was an occupation.I read the bible only to search for sermon material.  I prayed because that's what preachers are supposed to do.  I served so that others in the church could see me serving. ...

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Dangerous Calling

As you can see by checking the "Books I Like" column to the right, I recently came across Paul David Tripp's Dangerous Calling: Confronting The Unique Challenges Of Pastoral Ministry.I had never heard of either the book or its author before a friend loanded...

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What I Wish I’d Hear . . .

Every once in awhile, I'll have a conversation with someone who is either new to Good Shepherd or just checking it out.And usually the conversation includes the person or family saying something like, "we're looking for a church that's a good fit.  We just want a...

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