Tag Archives: ancient/post-modern

Millennials in Church?

Should church offer COOL or MYSTERY  to welcome millennials?  “I can be entertained anywhere. At church, I do not want to be entertained. I do not want to be the target of anyone’s marketing. I want to be asked to … Continue reading

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Are You Psychotic Like Moses and Jesus?

How far can church leaders and institutions wander from their beginnings? Harvard University has slid from training godly pastors to raising “leaders” who label Moses and Jesus as psychotic. Fifteen years after the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, American churches were increasing … Continue reading

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Sermon Themes for Ephesians 4-6?

I’m looking for advice on August theme ideas for preaching from Ephesians 4-6. I’m following the 3-year lectionary, and each of the four passages includes the thread of our speech, our words—to each other and to God. I have a … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray…About My Job

What can Moses do for an encore? After hearing God speak from a burning bush, after 10 miracles before Pharaoh, after parting the Red Sea, after summoning water from a rock, after announcing manna from heaven, after demolishing a fortified … Continue reading

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Do You Hate Religion But Love Jesus?

What does healthy fighting look and sound like? Check out the dueling videos—personal vs. community Christianity. Jefferson Bethke declares, “Jesus came to abolish religion.” He discounts the church and emphasizes personal Christianity. He’s worth watching and listening to. In Fiddler … Continue reading

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Which Century Are You Talking To?

Do you have more in common with Martin Luther or Joan Osborne? In 1970 Judy Collins sold a million records by recording “Amazing Grace,” the joyful lament of a long ago slave trader who had turned to Jesus. Today, people … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray…Through the Lord’s Prayer

How can I say “Yes” to Jesus today? We sometimes complicate what Jesus made simple. Jesus told people plainly, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name….” (Matthew 6:9-14). Another time, when his … Continue reading

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Martin Luther: Prioritize Seekers and Young People

Martin’s 9 Mottoes for Worship Motto #4: PRIORITIZE SEEKERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE! A few years ago a young Bill Hybels launched a new church with a revolutionary concept: Plan worship services for the seeker. Tens of thousands of people have … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday in the Public Square

The priests’ signs shouted “LIFE IS VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY SHORT” and “MORE FORGIVENESS.” The signs were duct-taped to the fence behind a cardtable altar draped in black. How would tired commuters respond as they exited their subway station and … Continue reading

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Oscar’s Favorite Movies & God’s Favorite Songs

2 Notions: 1. Preaching should not steer around culture. Because culture is the lens through which we experience truth—including God’s Word—preaching should steer into our common experience. 2. Art can be a hot line between the human spirit and the … Continue reading

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