Although posted just a month ago this post obviously resonated with readers, as it has received the most views for all of 2014. As racial tensions continue in the aftermath of recent events, the thoughts offered are more relevant than ever.
Last night Norma Jean and I watched the events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri. We live on the other side of the state, 237 miles away, but it seemed like it was happening in our back yard.
Following three months of hearing witnesses and evaluating evidence, Prosecutor Bob McCullough announced the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
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This prayer request last February for my son-in-law, Jared, received the 2nd most reader views of any 2014 post. As an update, Jared successfully completed his chemo and radiation treatments and is believed to be cancer-free! During this time he worked, earned his Master’s degree, and became a first time father! What a year! We are thankful for God’s goodness and grace toward Jared and our family.
Yesterday we received a call from our daughter in Florida, Rachél Thompson, regarding her husband, Jared. He was just diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.
Jared recently had a tonsillectomy. They both, as well as the doctor, had a feeling there was more to this than a normal surgery. A biopsy was performed from the tonsils and they received the results yesterday.
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As we close the final 12 days of 2014, we are reblogging the top posts of this year. Based on reader views this one ranked #3.
In a shocking speech that is reverberating across the world, Pope Francis made this declaration in the third Vatican council.
“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer.
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During “the 12 days of blogging,” we are relogging the top read post by our readers from 2014. This post on Noah ranked #4. Merry Christmas everyone!
The much-anticipated movie “Noah” debuted this past week-end. The film was a #1 box-office hit, raking in $44 million. Director Darren Aronofsky, an avowed atheist, created controversy by saying his film was “the least biblical, biblical movie ever made.”
Reaction has been mixed, both among critics and Christians.
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ThePreachersWord is taking a holiday break, but reblogging the top read posts from 2014 based on reader hits. This one at #5 is pretty special since it announced the birth of our second grandson!
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise,” once wrote British anthropologist and author Ashley Montagu. “It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
Well, our family recently enjoyed one of those moments that seriously seized us! It was a happy surprise that I would like to share with our readers.
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During the final 12 days of the year we are reblogging the top posts based on reader views for 2014. This one ranked #6.
“I recently became gay affirming after a 15-year journey,” said Danny Cortez, a preacher for the New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California.
In a letter to blogger John Shore, founder of “Unfundamentalist Christians,” Cortez said he “realized I no longer believed in the traditional teachings regarding homosexuality.” The Baptist trained preacher said after reading many of Shore’s posts his “eyes became open to the injustice that the church had wrought.”
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As we close the final 12 days of 2014, we are reblogging the top posts of the year. Based on reader views this one came in at #7)
During my self-imposed holiday hiatus ThePreachersWord missed out on the whole Duck Dynasty flap!
While I was away, Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, was put on suspension by the A & E network for his comments in GQ magazine regarding homosexuality. Every news show, talk show, cable TV host, call in radio show and about anyone involved in media opined on Robertson. Duck Dynasty. Free speech. Freedom of religion. And homosexuality.
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As we close the final 12 days of 2014, we are reblogging the top posts of the year. Based on reader views this one came in at #8)
The subject line, with the above title, in my email inbox begged to be opened. No, it actually it screamed! “Open this email”
I wondered if I was guilty of neglecting three words that could improve my preaching. After all, it was a newsletter I receive weekly from “Better preaching.”
When I opened it and read the first two sentences, I had to chuckle. What were the three words?
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(We are reposted the top posts of 2014 in terms of reader “hits.” This one came in at #9)
One Sunday a preacher took to the pulpit two jars and sat them on a table. They looked identical. “These jars,” he told the congregation, “came from the same factory. They were made of the same materials. And they hold the same amount of liquid. But they are different.”
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One Sunday a preacher took to the pulpit two jars and sat them on a table. They looked identical. “These jars,” he told the congregation, “came from the same factory. They were made of the same materials. And they hold the same amount of liquid. But they are different.” Continue reading