Archive - 2019

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Serving Time in the Pew
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This Is A Bunch Of Sh*t!
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Some New Light On Depression
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How Do You Ask God?
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Are People Aware of What You Have to Offer?
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The Necessary Work of Reading Well
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Here’s to Hope
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Are We Horrified?
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Turning Over a New Leaf

Serving Time in the Pew

Last night in class, one of my students asked me how many sermons I have preached over the course of 35 years. A brief calculation suggests approximately 1400 sermons. How many times I have spoken is another matter, given I typically preached 2-5 times per week.  That’s a lot of sermonizing—a lot of my life–a[…]

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This Is A Bunch Of Sh*t!

I thought a provocative title might help. Stein, in his book on writing, notes that titles and first sentences and first paragraphs of any writing are critical to arousing the restless reader. And when you think about it, arousal is important. “Arousal is nature’s stimulus for the propagation of the human race.” Unaroused, humanity will[…]

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Some New Light On Depression

It’s gray outside. It’s been a l-o-n-g gray February, one of the colder ones in years. There has been the occasional tease. The sun comes out, and like bugs exposed by an overturned rock, Oregonians start darting about. But the next cold front quickly shoves everything back into its assigned place. It reminds me of[…]

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How Do You Ask God?

Nearly every morning, I am in the lap pool, doing my thirty minutes of swimming.  It’s become my morning ritual—up at 4:45, in the pool by 5:30. I look at the clock and begin. There is some rigor to it all, but during the course of swimming, I engage in something far more strenuous—prayer. Prayer[…]

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Are People Aware of What You Have to Offer?

Every year I watch the Super Bowl, I keep my eyes out for the latest Doritos ad. The executives at Frito-Lay make sure their commercials compete with the best. This year’s ad, “Now It’s Hot,” involved Chance the Rapper and the Backstreet Boys, and it received good reviews. It’s not because I love Doritos (I[…]

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The Necessary Work of Reading Well

Wait. Before you go too far with this, you might want to assess how you want to read this. Superficially? Deeply? I know. It all depends on what you are reading. Reading well takes time and attention, but we have been conditioned by the information overload to bounce from tweet to tweet, picture to picture,[…]

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Here’s to Hope

It is January 24, and my morning reading in Proverbs 24 led me to verse 14. It repeats what God says in the previous chapter, and it took me back twenty-six years. I can still remember the day, the time, and the place. It was the twenty-third. I was on my morning walk, praying for[…]

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Are We Horrified?

It’s hard to miss the fact we are living in days more markedly anti-Christian. One only needs to read yesterday’s Washington Post article, “Karen Pence’s Worldview Horrifies Me,” by Alyssa Rosenberg. Rosenberg, an opinion writer for the Post, is horrorstruck at the possibility someone could actually submit to a statement of values that people like[…]

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Turning Over a New Leaf

I have noticed that it is a bit harder finding a parking spot at the athletic club. Currently, there is a surge in the aquatic classes. The locker room has a few less towels, and the weight room has a few more bodies. It happens every January. I read somewhere that losing weight and getting[…]

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