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Headlines You Don’t See Every Day . . .

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Today as I was scanning the latest edition of The Boerne Star, my hometown paper, I read several headlines that impressed me as being unlike anything I had seen in a while . . . maybe ever. The headlines included:
Sewer leads city agenda
A front page headline. Not exactly going to sell many papers. The Boerne […]

Blog Tour: Trading Places by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

I’m the seventh stop in a book blog tour for Trading Places: The Best Move You’ll Ever Make in Your Marriage by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. If you’re interested, you can find the other stops here.
Here’s the Parrotts official bio:
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are founders of and the Center for Relationship Development […]

Brazen Politics in Church on Pentecost & Mother’s Day

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Yesterday was Pentecost, the day when Christians celebrate the birthday of the church, which happened when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the first disciples of Jesus. Yesterday was also Mother’s Day. In fact, it was the 100th anniversary of the first Mother’s Day celebration in church.
Yesterday was also a day in which I […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

The Ministry of John the Baptist
READ Matthew 3:1-12
“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
Matthew 3:2
These days, if we even use the word “repent” in common discourse, we emphasize feeling bad for something we have done. “I have repented” means “I am truly sorry for […]

Only in Texas???? Or Africa!

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

Last weekend my wife and I attended a party at a ranch in the Hill Country of Texas about 25 miles from our house. In order to get to this ranch, we had to drive through another ranch. This other ranch had exotic game wandering about. It was like driving in a zoo, or in […]

An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed (Part 2)

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Part 2 of series: An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed
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Yesterday I began to explain why I joined the list of “charter signatories” for An Evangelical Manifesto: The Washington Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment. I summed up my rationale this way:
I signed because An Evangelical Manifesto […]

An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Part 1 of series: An Evangelical Manifesto: Why I Signed
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I am one of the “charter signatories” of An Evangelical Manifesto: The Washington Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment. In this post I want to explain, briefly, why I signed.
Before I do, however, I want to make […]

Accountability: An Antidote to Pulpit Pride

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Part 3 of series: Pride and the Power of the Pulpit
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In my last post in this series I suggested that pride can lead preachers to be irresponsible in their communication. We who preach can easily get caught up in the emotional rush of having people look up […]

Recommending Iron Man

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I’ll get back to my series on preaching tomorrow. But I wanted to recommend a movie today. Yesterday, my son and I, along with a couple of friends, went to see the film Iron Man. I’m happy to report that this is a delightful film. It has quite a few intense moments, along with considerable […]

The Pride of the Pulpit

Monday, May 5th, 2008

In my first post in this series, I talked about the power of the pulpit. The preacher who stands in the pulpit (or, as is increasingly common today, on the stage) has been given an extraordinary amount of power. There are few other places in contemporary where people will sit attentively and listen to someone […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

God Intended It All for Good
READ Genesis 50:19-21

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
Genesis 50:20
Joseph’s brothers, fearing that he would mistreat them after their father’s death, begged Joseph to forgive them, perhaps even conjuring up a […]

You’re Gonna Need an Ocean, of Calamine Lotion

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

One of the running jokes in my family has to do with my peculiar fascination with poison oak. When we’d go hiking in the foothills of California, which are often covered with poison oak, I’d be shouting out warnings: “Poison oak to the right! Look out on your left!” My family members would laugh at […]

The Power of the Pulpit

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

It seems like everybody’s talking about preaching these days. To be more specific, everybody’s talking about one particular preacher, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose fifteen minutes of fame derive both from his association with Barack Obama and from his tendency to make outlandish statements in the pulpit.
Most of the commentary on Rev. Wright has focused […]

Passionate Spirituality, Part 4

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

So far I’ve shown that Christian spirituality is, quite literally, Spirit-uality. It is life lived in the Spirit. When we live in the Spirit, we are transformed by the Spirit to be more like Christ. We are guided by the Spirit as we live each day. And we are empowered by the Spirit for ministry.
But […]
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