September 5, 2005

Believe it or not, I was once a cross country runner. Believe it or not, I ran for my college team. But here’s the skinny: my basketball coach in college came to me and said that the cross country team was down a runner and needed one more runner to start the race and finish the race, regardless of place, and if they couldn’t find that runner, then they’d not be able to enter the big meet. Well, we had… Read more

September 5, 2005

Scot: I like Doug Pagitt’s idea of “implicating” the audience in the text and sermon. That is, he argues that “application” is an insufficient term to describe the full intention of what the Bible wants from us as we hear the Word. He suggests the Bible, and the sermon as the working out of the Bible in a local setting, implicates our lives in the story of the Bible. (more…) Read more

September 5, 2005

Here’s a new poll. What do you think is the number-one most important skill or gift or attribute for a pastor? I know, I know, I know — we need persons gifted with more than one gift for this vocation. But, still, what do you think is most important? Read more

September 5, 2005

The first poll is now complete. The final results for my blog readers on translations are: (more…) Read more

September 5, 2005

John Frye’s post on Jesus as the unholy pastor is worth a read. To which I make this commentary: For Jesus, holiness was not something fragile in need of protection but something powerful in need of liberation. You can quote that, and I’m not sure where I heard it I’ve said it so many times, anywhere you go! Read more

September 5, 2005

Over at Jolly Blogger there has some been discussion. I don’t want to drag all those comments over here, but I would like to say this. I am grieved that some readers/commenters could be self-confessedly proud of being a grace grinder. Can we be proud of thumbing people into the ground as we speak of grace? (more…) Read more

September 5, 2005

I’m sitting here this morning trying to figure out why we call today “Labor” Day. A quick glance through Wikipedia’s entries on “Labour Day”, reveals that Labor Day is connected to the celebration of the contribution of workers to our world. But, I’m trying to figure out what in my life is so “laborious.” (more…) Read more

September 5, 2005

In this next section of Matthew 10 (vv. 21-25), we find a chain-link phenomenon connected to much of missional work even today. The missional person who is devoted to creating the way of Jesus in a liminal situation (a situation unmapped or unknown or new and different) may well experience personal betrayal, but betrayal is to be met with perseverance for both of these elements — betrayal and perseverance — are part of Jesus’ own Kingdom path. (more…) Read more

September 4, 2005

I’ll be preaching twice this morning at Hawthorne Hills Community Church and then Kris and I will be travelling to be with family. We’ll be seeing her older brother whom we see about once or twice a year. Read more

September 4, 2005

To participate with Jesus in the mission he calls his Apostles to, and to make that a template for our day, is to be in tune enough with the Spirit that when difficult times arrive we can expect the Spirit to give us the words to say. (more…) Read more

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