Equal Opportunity Idolatry?

I'm interrupting my normal "Top Five Tuesday" routine -- and I love my routines -- because an article in Monday's Charlotte Observer revealed that this past Sunday (October 28) was one of the saddest days for the church in this area in a long, long time.I don't know...

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Sermonic Amnesia

As most of you know, I preach without any notes.And as many of you know, I have a fairly involved process for becoming familiar with the material I have prepared so that I can deliver without any assistance.Except yesterday at both the 8:30 and 10:00 services, I had...

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Farewell, Lenny Stadler

When I was a young preacher in Monroe, North Carolina, the ministry of Lenny Stadler at Weddington United Methodist Church almost defied belief.Throughout the decade of the 1990s, he led what had been a sleeply little country church into the kind of growth that made...

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Personal Ministry In A Digital Age

Here's one of the questions I recently asked each of our staff to consider:How can my schedule be as full of face-to-face interactions with people as it is full of nose-to-screen interactions with my computer?Answering that question well is one of the great challenges...

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DS For A Day

The position of District Superintendent (usually called "DS" by insiders) within the United Methodist Church is something to which I have never aspired and for which I am ill-qualified.And yet on Tuesday night that's exactly what I was.Here's how and here's why: ...

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A Week In Texts

Over the last week, I traveled to northern Indiana for some continuing education with a group of North Carolina Methodists and my son Riley spent his fall break with some college friends in Charleston, SC.As a result, we communicated more than usual by text...

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Gospel, Week Three — Gospel Change

Who doesn't need a little Kenny Chesney on this Friday?Some people do change.But most people don't.How is it that we can apply Gospel power so that we're in the former but not the latter?Sunday.8:30.  10.  11:30.

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The Bible As Adventure Story

Every once in awhile, I get a fresh reminder of how the division of the bible into chapters and verses can actually get in the way of our encounter with Scripture.Case in point: this week, as part of preparation for a Men's Life Group Bible Study I lead on Sunday...

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