Talks & The Talking Talkers Who Give Them

I spent both Monday and Wednesday afternoons in Ocean Grove, NJ with this group of student ministry interns.   In between their programming, counseling, and shepherding of the teenagers who are part of this Jersey Shore based camp meeting, they gave several hours...

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Some Time With A Benevolent Czar

On Tuesday night, I had dinner with David Benjamin, who was my tennis coach at Princeton University from 1980-1984.  Here we are at a local Princeton eatery: As I shared in an earlier post, I am in the Garden State this week preaching and teaching at the Ocean Grove...

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GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY (Well, Close Enough)

GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, NJ (well, close enough) A small handful of you will get the rock reference in the post's title. The rest of you will lament your lack of education. I don't normally post "on location" when I am out of town, but this is too much fun. I am at...

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Sovereignty & Money

John Piper said it this way: “He (Jesus) said more about money than he did about heaven and hell because where your treasure is there will your heart be also. So why do we have money? Money is God’s idea, what’s it for? Here’s the reason we have money: we have money...

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Unhappy Campers, Week 4 — Wildwood

One of my favorite of the classic Southern Gospel Camp Meetin' Songs is The Church In The Wildwood.  Here ya go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpOeU28951g   This Sunday, we won't necessarily be that church in the wildwood, but we will explore a wild story from...

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The Social Solitude Of Preaching

Preaching is an intensely solitary activity. Preaching is a thoroughly social exercise. Which is it?  Solitary or social? Yes. My own process of preparation is wholly wrapped in solitude.  I study, I jot, I brainstorm, I fret, I pray, I get excited, I become...

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