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Death by Plagiarism

I remember very clearly those early days of doing church ministry as an intern. The thought of speaking in front of people terrified me. I remember the very first sermon that I have ever preached. I barely made it through. That was only because I read every wo... Read More »

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Eugene Peterson penned a classic book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, many years ago. We live in a day where we can pull a small rectangle from our pocket and have near-limitless access to near-countless mediums for information––instantly. With t... Read More »

Christmas Love

John Fawcett, English Baptist preacher, author, and hymn-writer, entered the ministry as a Baptist pastor in 1764, pastoring a church in Halifax for the next 53 years until his death. He is mostly remembered today as the author of “Blest Be the Tie that Bind... Read More »

Advent Devotion: You Will Go out with Joy

Can we have joy in COVID? The answer is yes and no. We might have joy during COVID, but our joy is not IN COVID. Our joy is in Christ! That’s a message Isaiah wanted us to know in Isaiah 55. I’ve never actually heard hills singing or seen trees clapping, b... Read More »

Advent Devotion: Peace

Glory to God in the highest And on Earth peace, goodwill toward men. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself caught in the web of constant busy-ness. Despite my protestations to the contrary, I clearly believe (at least according to my actions) that aw... Read More »

Noncancelable Hope: Musings on Mary’s Hope-Filled Magnification in Luke 1:46–55

Most of us have had it with cancellations connected to this year’s COVID-19 crisis. For far too many, this year has been a season of postponed plans, delayed dreams, and skewered schedules. Whether the cancellation of a favorite football team’s game or the... Read More »

Advent Devotion: Hope

Luke beautifully weaves four hope-filled canticles (songs) into his first two chapters: Mary’s praise (Magnificat 1:46–55), Zechariah’s Prophecy (Benedictus 1:67–79), the Angels’ song (Gloria in Excelsis Deo 2:14), and Simeon’s prayer (Nunc Dimitti... Read More »

Christian Contentment

The day before I was ordained to the gospel ministry, I visited my grandfather. Everyone knew that my grandfather was a Christian because he lived his faith. As we visited, he told me something I did not know: he was called to preach when he was seventeen year... Read More »

Thankfulness in Preaching

Receiving God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ should shape a grateful heart as much as it compels a forgiving spirit. Grace and gratitude go hand in hand. Liberated from slavery to sin, redeemed people are grateful people. Gratitude, thanksgiving, and pra... Read More »

Combating Bitterness from a Biblical Perspective

I love to cook. I find cooking to be a relaxing and creative process that benefits not just me, but those around me. I try to embrace all the aspects of taste in cooking. Of course, a good dish is about balance. As humans, we can taste sweet, salty, sour, and ... Read More »

Preaching on Joy

How does one preach on joy? My mind raced to a few different options. You could do a thematic study on the fruits of the Spirit and spend a week focusing on joy. But I think a more appropriate way to preach on joy will occur naturally when joy is the heart of ... Read More »

The Art of Biblical Passion in the Pulpit

One of those Monday morning wet blanket emails I received was from a non-member frequently attending our church. It appeared to him that the volume of my preaching was harmful to the human ear. Accompanying this electronic declaration were various line and bar... Read More »

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