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Warning to Worship Leaders Everywhere

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When I was growing up in South Africa in the 1960’s most worship service planners called everything before the sermon, “preliminaries.” That word conveyed what everyone was thinking in those days… that the main attraction in the worship service was the sermon and everything else simply a warm-up to the main feature. Somewhere between the […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: John the Baptist

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I can depend on it like the rain in Seattle: that evaluative question that will predictably be asked in the first five minutes of any introductory conversation with another pastor: “How many are in your church?”  Though the phraseology may vary – “what’s your Sunday morning attendance,” or, “what are you running now?” – the […]

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Everything Going Great, Until…

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Everything was going great, until… The anointing of Solomon to succeed his father on Israel’s throne was a miracle of grace to begin with. The expected and correct choice would have been David’s eldest surviving son, Adonijah. That’s what Adonijah thought also. But God had other plans and chose Solomon to reign on the throne […]

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Speak to Them… But Don’t Be Surprised If No One Listens

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I am afraid that the instant gratification of social media posts is reducing too many preachers of our day to a servile relationship with an invisible audience of likes and “hearts.” It is increasingly obvious that many of the prominent pulpits are assiduously avoiding Biblical topics that might offend. There can be no other explanation […]

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Fix Your Focus

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There’s so much fear out there. The principal sent out an email last week that a jogger had been attacked in our town so we should warn our kids to be careful on their way to school. The news reported that a child just died of the flu. Then, I see a list of potential […]