They’re Always Listening

On Tuesday morning, I received this text message from a fine young man who is a senior in one of our area high schools: After I answered, "Limerence," I asked if he had it or if a girl at his school had it for him. "Neither," came his reply. "It's for a school project...

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Gods At War, Week 3 — The “Lovesick” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday's message ... Began dictionarily and ended Christologically;Referenced the sickness of an elevator music song with the lyrics "it's sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along";Had ANOTHER shoutout to "you complete me" PLUS a wardrobe...

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The Irony Of Christ-Likeness

One of the most oft-repeated phrases in evangelicalism is "Christ-likeness." As in, "the goal of discipleship is to grow us in Christ-likeness." Or: "we mature in faith as we become more Christ-like." Or even at a memorial service: "she (or he) was one of the most...

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Exhort? Or Evoke?

Several years ago, I was speaking with a friend on the difference between exhortational preaching and evocative preaching. Exhortational preaching challenges. Urges. Implores. It is filled with phrases like “you should” and “we ought” and “do this” and “consider...

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Burying The Lede

Well, not really. But keep reading long enough and you'll find me. Check it here. https://www.christianpost.com/news/adam-hamilton-says-umc-will-lose-at-least-3400-churches-next-year-over-lgbt-debate.html

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John Wesley’s Epitaph

John Wesley started a religious movement in the 1700s that eventually became the United Methodist Church. I heard this week about his epitaph. Here it is: Revive, enforce, and defend the pure apostolic doctrines and practices of the primitive church. Huh.

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