Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I Never Get Tired Of

If you know me at all, you know I like my routines. Actually, I love them. Honestly, I live by them. And so in the middle of all that, there are five things above all others that I just never get tired of.  Here they are:   1.Listening to Don Henley's The Boys Of...

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“The Not Eating Habit” Sermon Rewind

How to make a sermon on fasting interesting?  Or relevant?  Or fun? Well, I'm not sure I accomplished any of the above, but I did make it practical.  We distributed a very clear Call To Action at the conclusion:  a church-wide fast on Monday, February 6, complete with...

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Creatures Of Habit, Week 5 — The Not Eating Habit

It's Super Bowl Sunday. It's Scouting For Food Sunday. ( See below.) And yet it's the Sunday we wind up Creatures Of Habit with a message called "The Not Eating Habit"? What in the world is that about? Sunday. 8:30, 10, 11:30 on Moss Road. 10, 11:30 on Zoar Road....

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Celebrate His Rule With Trembling

Here's Psalm 2:11 Serve the Lord with fear     and celebrate his rule with trembling. Yikes. I sense that few people celebrate the Lord's rule.  More object to it.  Still more re-fashion it to suit their own agenda.  Even more simply ignore it. And yet the call to...

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The “Habitude” Sermon Rewind

So . . . how do three pastors in two languages preach variations on the same sermon while on different campuses? Very carefully is the expected answer; I pray that Very boldly was the real one. Here was yesterday's situation:  Chris Thayer, the site pastor of our Zoar...

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Ministry As A Performance?

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've had a couple of funerals this week. And in the funeral I led yesterday -- you can read the obituary here -- the man we celebrated had been an accountant.  And a pastor. Now: vocationally, he was an accountant.  That's how he'll...

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A Half-Sentence For The Preacher’s Toolbox

People who are in grief want to talk about the person who has died. The want to speak the person’s name. They want to share memories. They want to laugh about the funny things the person said and did and believed. In pastoral ministry, one of the most important things...

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