WRONG PLACE (Part 2)

WRONG PLACE (Part 2)

What would the world look like if God’s people – and by people I primarily mean me – truly took note of the irreligious message of Jesus? What if we didn’t merely ask What... Read More »
WRONG PLACE

WRONG PLACE

It sounds odd to say that Jesus was in the wrong place. It sounds as if He headed down a dark side street and stumbled into a group of unsavory hooligans. But when I say that Jesus was... Read More »
Guarding Ourselves

Guarding Ourselves

Warm-up: 1 Timothy 4:6–16 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Acts 20:28 We can expect attacks on the sheep—savage wolves... Read More »
Adversity

Adversity

Warm-up: Mark 10:17–31 Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters... Read More »
The Right Place and The Right Time

The Right Place and The Right Time

The reality of my upbringing can be summarized this way: if life is a five-step race, by virtue of my parents, I had a four step head-start.  Mom and Dad (Linda and Delmas to their... Read More »
Irreligious Message of Jesus (John 2:1-12)

Irreligious Message of Jesus (John 2:1-12)

Last time we talked about the tension in ministry of keeping religious people happy and giving thirsty people a drink. But how do we know who is who? How are we to discern who really... Read More »
Keeping Religious People Happy

Keeping Religious People Happy

As a pastor, have you ever looked in the mirror on a Monday morning and asked yourself, “What are we as a church doing? What am I as a pastor doing?” Do you wonder if you’re... Read More »
Compassion

Compassion

Warm-up: Lamentations 2:1–12 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears . . . Acts 20:19 I’ll never forget a funeral I conducted for a small child. As we waited for the... Read More »
Humility

Humility

Warm-up: Luke 14:8–11 You know how I lived the whole time I was with you. . . . I served the Lord with great humility . . . Acts 20:18–19 Pride inhibits friend-making. As the wise... Read More »
Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Part Three)

Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Part Three)

There is great value in considering the brief paragraphs in the prophecy of Habakkuk. Sometime between the death of good King Josiah and the invasion of Babylon of Israel (586 bc),... Read More »
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