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...]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 3

Where does the pastor, and nearly every one I’ve met has struggles with this one, find his or her identity? John Frye, in Jesus the Pastor, weaves together one big biblical idea with personal realities to frame a solid answer to the formation of pastoral identity. [Read more...]


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