Monthly Archives: May 2019

Taking Preaching Seriously

Last night we watched an old episode of the Andy Griffith show that was entitled “A Sermon for Today.”

Andy and Opie are ready for church and trying to get Aunt Bee off the phone gossiping with her friend Clara.

When we arrive at the “All Souls Church,” the congregation is singing “Holy Spirit, Truth Divine.” All the while the ladies are looking across the auditorium miming appreciation for each other’s hats. Barney fumbles to keep his place in the hymn, and is saved from embarrassment when Andy stops him from applauding the guest speaker.” Continue reading

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Don’t Fear. God’s Here. For You.

As I write this post cruising at 30,000 feet on a Southwest jet, I’m reminded of some folks who have a fear of flying.

For many years John Madden, the CBS Sports color commentator crisscrossed the country each fall in a customized bus because he was afraid of flying.

Several years ago, a first-round NBA draft choice quickly ended his career with an unconditional release by his team because of his paralyzing fear of flying. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Romans 7:13-25

There was a cartoon which showed two friends standing before a Preacher and one asks, “Why is it that opportunity only knocks once but temptation beats on my door every day?!”

Can you relate to that to that feeling?

Oscar Wilde, the celebrated playwright and poet of the early 20th Century, known for his self-indulgent life once quipped, “I can resist everything but temptation.”

Maybe you feel the way that Wilde did? Continue reading

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God Forgives. Forgive Yourself.

“While I am glad to debate the abortion issue, that is not the purpose of this post,” wrote my friend and preaching colleague Shane Scott in a recent facebook post. “Instead, I want to reach out to any sisters in Christ who share the same beliefs I have about abortion, but who have at some point in the past chosen to have one.” Continue reading

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Memorial Day Memories 2019

Today is Memorial Day in the United States.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “memorial” as “something (such as a monument or ceremony) that honors a person who has died or serves as a reminder of an event in which many people died. Continue reading

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Teaching Children How To Treat Others With Whom We Disagree

Our blog post last Friday was about the same-sex marriage scene in the PBS children’s cartoon show Arthur.

One of our regular readers very kindly responded that he didn’t see the show “advocating a lifestyle of homosexuality. Instead, he offered “a completely different picture.” Continue reading

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How To Handle Riches

In recent years University Commencement speeches have been controversial. Either in terms of the speaker invited, as in the recent case of Vice President Pence, or in terms of the content of the speech.

However, there was no controversy Sunday at Morehouse College in Atlanta when Robert F. Smith, the Billionaire founder of the investment firm Vista Equity Partners delivered a shocking announcement. Continue reading

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