Steve Martin Demonstrates an Effective Evangelism Technique: A Little Friday Funny

  I have become convinced that the most compelling rationale for the veracity of the gospel is a transformed life. A life which exhibits the freedom, peacefulness, and healing found in Christ is the most meaningful witness anyone could ever have … or you could do this. Happy Friday everyone. [Read more...]

Epiphany 8A – Matthew 6:24-34 “Do Not Worry”

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. I must acknowledge that I stole the Harlow idea & some of the intro wording from John Ortberg’s sermon on Living beyond anxiety. Epiphany 8A – Matthew 6:24-34 Do Not [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday Service Ideas & Why this Day is so Important

“What good is it to live long when we improve so little? A long life does not always improve us; in fact, it often adds to our problems. Would that we could spend even one day well in this world. Many people count the years of their lives in Christ, but often not much comes [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that my mom and dad have now been married for 50 years. I can’t begin to express what a gift it is to be raised by parents who know what it means to love. What I learned from mom and dad, among many other things, was that love equals fidelity over time. I [Read More...]

Frederick Buechner on the day he Signed his first Book Deal

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To an achiever (enneagram 3) like myself, a passage like this one calls into question so much of the basic programming of my life, and the way I have chosen to pursue happiness since I was very young. I’m grateful to Frederick Buechner for many reasons, but perhaps the most important is for the way [Read More...]

Jeff Gordon Teaches us How to Make an Enemy a Friend: a Little Friday Funny

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explicitly forbids taking any kind of revenge, or escalating a conflict toward violence or lawsuits. Instead he recommends that we use our imagination to win over our critics/haters, to make our enemies into friends. Last year NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon filmed a Pepsi-MAX commercial where he took an [Read More...]

Epiphany 7A – Matthew 5:38-48; “Love Your Enemies”

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.02.23 – Light Will Shine 08 Matthew 5:38-48 – Love Your Enemies. Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for [Read More...]

On How Small the Christian Peace Movement Is (w/ Gratitude to the Anabaptists)

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“It is sometimes discouraging to see how small the Christian peace movement is, and especially here in America where it is most necessary. But we have to remember that this is the usual pattern, and the Bible has led us to expect it. Spiritual work is done with disproportionately small and feeble instruments. And now [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that I have received a newly edited version of Shrink. We’re at the point in the editing process where everything switches to paper. So, this is my first go-round at edits w/a red pen in hand. I have less than a month to get it done. I confess that the manuscript is currently sitting on [Read More...]

Robin Thicke Has a Big… Problem & So Does Pop Music: A Little Friday Funny

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So my kids are into pop music, which means that we’ve been listening to a lot of Imagine Dragons and Maroon Five lately. Some of this stuff is pretty amazing. Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars… these guys are incredibly talented. They can write, they can play, they can sing, they can dance, they are simply amazing [Read More...]

Epiphany 6A – Matthew 5:21-37; “You’ve heard it said… but I say”

This is the sermon I preached last week at my church Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal everything. 2014.02.16 – Light will Shine 07 Matthew 5:21-37 – You’ve heard it said but I Say 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You [Read More...]

The Necessity of Articulation

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“Everything healthy, everything certain, everything holy, if we can find such things, they all need to be emphasized and articulated. For this it is necessary that there be communication between the hearts and minds of men, communication and not the noise of slogans or the repetition of cliches. Communication is becoming more and more difficult, [Read More...]