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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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Les Misérables and Your Candlesticks

In Les Misérables, follow the candlesticks to see Love triumph over Law. Les Misérables is a tangled web of unrelenting law and unconditional love. What happens when justice and mercy collide? Law must be satisfied. Love must find reconciliation. There … Continue reading

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The Hobbit and Daisy Love

Remembering Daisy Love Merrick… Live a larger life—the life you were created for—and change the world! Tomorrow a neighboring pastor is going to his 8-year-old daughter’s memorial service. A few days ago he dressed up like a hobbit with her … Continue reading

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The Impossible

The Impossible offers exquisite moments that reveal the human soul. If you ever cry at a movie, have some Kleenex along for The Impossible. This film follows the struggling survivors of one family in Thailand through the aftermath of the … Continue reading

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The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is an artistic masterpiece for universalism. Eastern theology is peddled as dogma: “The way of karma, the way of God.” Monotheism is gently dismissed because “Faith is a house with many rooms.” The protagonist, Pi, attracts … 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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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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Martin Luther: Arrange Worship Around God’s Word

Martin’s 9 Mottoes for Worship Motto #2: ARRANGE WORSHIP AROUND GOD’S WORD! Every church has its own worship traditions, items or practices that have become indispensable. In Luther’s circle, Communion was gaining prominence over God’s Word. One cannot argue against … Continue reading

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