To Single or Not to Single?

I had a fantastic conversation recently with Steve Burdan about singles, singles again, and the single lifestyle. He heads up a ministry with singles of all ages called Full Life Chicago. [Read more...]

Theocentric Church

Gene Appel preached last night about fear, and he explored that theme through Mark 4:35-41. In this passage Jesus is asleep in a boat while his disciples worry. Gene made plenty of connections to real-life experiences of fear, but what I most liked about this service is that it developed into overt praise for the [Read More...]

Ben Franklin and Plagiarized Sermons

This from RJS: It is amazing how the same things keep coming up – another quote from Franklin’s autobiography: [Read more...]

Sermons and Plagiarism

The NY Times ran an article about pastors swiping sermons from sermon sources, and then Out of Ur ran a piece which got some comments. (HT: Garry Poole) I’m wondering what you think. Here are my thoughts: [Read more...]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 8

This is my last post on J. Frye’s wonderful book, Jesus the Pastor. I will do the final three chps today, and hope I’ve not said more than I should about this fine book. Chps 10 and 11 deal with the palpable presence of Jesus Christ in our lives and with the gifts of the [Read More...]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 7

In chps. 8 and 9 of J. Frye’s book we encounter one central theme — that of teaching. What is it? I suggest that if we believed what J. Frye says about what teaching is most of us would adjust what we do — as parents, as teachers, as ministers, as simple conversationalists. [Read more...]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 7

In chps. 8 and 9 of J. Frye’s book we encounter one central theme — that of teaching. What is it? I suggest that if we believed what J. Frye says about what teaching is most of us would adjust what we do — as parents, as teachers, as ministers, as simple conversationalists. [Read more...]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 6

When I opened J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor Wednesday evening for the next reading, I sighed because it was about “spiritual disciplines.” I remember the days when no one, and I mean no one I knew of, had ever heard such language. Then Richard Foster wrote his major book, Celebration of Discipline, and poof! everyone [Read More...]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 6

When I opened J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor Wednesday evening for the next reading, I sighed because it was about “spiritual disciplines.” I remember the days when no one, and I mean no one I knew of, had ever heard such language. Then Richard Foster wrote his major book, Celebration of Discipline, and poof! everyone [Read More...]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 5

One of the reasons I’m blogging through this book is that it was written by a pastor, and it is important for me to understand more deeply what pastors think and do. Chp. 6 deals with the heart of pastoral vision: compassion. How compassionate are you? Here’s a definition for each of us: [Read more...]


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