The First Full Week of Lent: The Aggravation of Self-Denial

This week is when you really set the tone for lent. The “new” has probably worn off your lenten commitments by now, and all that’s left is the aggravation of self-denial. I spent the weekend at a basketball tournament watching my kids devour candy and milkshakes. It was brutal. I am so spoiled. Thank heavens we [Read More…]

Ordinary 15A / 16A – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds: A Sermon from Matthew 13

This is my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.07.13 – Discipleship Matt. 13 – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds During a sabbatical a few years back, Kristin and I took a trip to Ireland. We rented a tiny car, drove south along the [Read More…]

What to Do When Your Engines Fail: Ordinary Time & Discipleship (Matthew 10:24-33)

This is my sermon from last Sunday at Redemption Church. If you are pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. You guys remember this? This is January, 2009; US Air Flight 1549 out of LaGuardia headed for Charlotte. A normal day, weather was fine, crew was experienced, but about 90 seconds into the flight [Read More…]

Matthew 28: Go and Make Disciples

This is my sermon from last week at Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy and steal anything that might help you as you prepare to lead your own congregation in worship. I have to acknowledge up front that I got the knowing/doing v. being/relating rubric from my friend Tim Keel. [Read More…]

Dallas Willard Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer

Christianity Today is reporting that Dallas Willard has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. This is bad news. I hope that you’ll take a moment to pray for him today. **Update here: Dallas Willard dies at age 77. I owe Dallas Willard a tremendous debt. Willard was the first teacher who taught me about the [Read More…]

Everyone I Know is in Pain: This Means You…

One of the occupational hazards of ministry is the increased exposure to other people’s pain. Not that ministry is any more painful than any other profession, but like an x-ray tech is exposed to more radiation than normal, ministry exposes one to a lot of pain. If I’ve learned anything in the past 23 years of [Read More…]


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