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Isaiah Targets Your Heart

If you are not careful, your life might change between now and Easter. March’s Old Testament readings are leading us on a journey together into the heart of an ancient sage, Isaiah, who is both prophet and poet. Although Isaiah … Continue reading

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Marvel’s The Avengers

Everyone likes stories, and some of the most influential stories today are in movies. With that in mind, each winter I talk about Oscar-nominated movies Sunday by Sunday in February or March—leading up to the Oscars. Marvel’s The Avengers, nominated … 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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Preaching, the Internet and Half-Truths?

Of course it’s true—I found it on the internet! How much confidence do those words inspire in you? My son found a sales position on the web a couple weeks ago. When he went in for the interview a couple … Continue reading

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Of Parrots and Preachers

Listening to preachers can feel too much like listening to parrots! Many preachers are predictable, repetitive—and even worse—one wonders if they could explain their inherited parrot phrases in contemporary, public square English. This affliction includes preachers from every theological/denominational tribe. … 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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A Letter from Your Shepherd

My dear lamb, do you remember when I found you that dark, stormy night when you were lost? Oh, how you had continuously battled your temptation to run from the flock to a new place, a greener place, a place … Continue reading

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