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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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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Moses

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The well-worn story goes something like this: Over morning coffee a man looks at his wife and states emphatically: “I don’t care if it’s Sunday morning, I’m not going back to that church. It’s a waste of time. No one likes me at that church. Frankly, I don’t like them either. And….” About that point […]

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What is Revival?

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Used to be that the subject of revival drew little interest in the nation. It was thought by most to be irrelevant, given the current popularity of a more subdued, rational approach to the Christian faith. A few ridiculed the notion, based on the unfortunate excesses that have attended most of the history of true […]

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Running From Thorns

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2018 broke heavy on Rita and me. We were on a short break down in Arizona, between Christmas and New Year, to recoup from the craziness of the December schedule. I’m sure every pastor feels that way. Some time New Year’s Eve we got word of a sewer problem back home. We immediately called a […]

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Returning

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As a young pastor, in my first senior pastorate, I once had to counsel a man who had been very active in the church, but, it turned out, had been having an affair with another woman in the church for sixteen years… until he was found out. And I suddenly found myself in the middle […]