30 Good Shepherd Missionaries In Ecuador & Haiti

As you read this post in air conditioned comfort & surrounded by the latest technology, 30 Good Shepherd missionaries are serving under-resourced persons in Ecuador and Haiti.Both groups are working with our partners at Samaritan's Feet to distribute shoes...

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Upgrade, Week 5 — The Blood Upgrade

What's the saying?  Back In The Saddle?That's what I'll be this Sunday.After two weeks of not preaching, I'm ready to pick Upgrade back up by talking about . . . blood.I can't wait.The Blood Upgrade from Hebrews 9.Sunday.8:30.  10.  11:30.

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Why I Could Never Wear A Promise Keepers Shirt

Now back in the 1990s, I loved Promise Keepers.The stadium worship was authentically full color, the challenge to men was urgently necessary, and the response in our Mt. Carmel congregation was immediate and heartfelt.  In our little church and around the world,...

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Pastoral Confessions

Since I spent yesterday confessing songs to you that I probably shouldn't like but do anyway, I thought I'd fill in some other gaps today.Here are some secrets I should probably keep . . . but just for today, I won't:I wear two pair of socks to work everyday.  A...

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The History Of Rock & Roll In 100 Riffs

If you speak the language of rock guitar, you'll love this video from the Chicago Music Exchange.  Two million hits and counting:I'm amazed -- and a little embarrassed -- that I know so few of the riffs after #70.

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Upgrade, Week Four — The Access Upgrade

God is so good.He takes series that I'm not sure about and does much more than I expect.That's been the case with Upgrade.Face it:  Hebrews is a difficult book.So the messages have been complex and challenging both to deliver and to digest.And yet people have...

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The Purpose Of A Sermon Manuscript

As a lot of you know, I write a sermon manuscript virtually every week.I am able to work several weeks ahead, so while I write one almost every week, it's not the one I'll deliver that coming Sunday.  That one, of course, has been written several weeks...

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Ann Patchett And The Art Of Sermonizing

If you've been following this blog at all, you know that I'm an enormous fan of the fiction of Ann Patchett.  State Of Wonder and Bel Canto are two of the most beautiful and most engaging novels I've read in years.In The Getaway Car, a little e-reader memoir...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Responses To Preaching

We preachers value the responses that people have to our preaching.After all, most of us didn't go into this so that our words could vanish into thin air, never to be heard, much less considered, again.  Yet even the best preachers (so I'm told) get all kinds of...

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