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A Tribute to Keith McCaslin

Keith McCaslin, the man who taught me how to preach, died yesterday.  He was one of my favorite people. Our relationship evolved over the years in ways I never would have imagined.  When I was 19, he was my teacher.  … Continue reading

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The Brian Williams Saga: A Warning to Preachers

Brian Williams’ professional free fall has been stunning.  He has gone from being one of the most respected journalists in the country to being the subject of scorn and ridicule in less than two weeks.  And he did it without having an … Continue reading

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Preaching: The Forgotten Priority

The coming of a new year always inspires a lot of articles and blog posts about cultural trends and how the church needs to respond to them.  You’ve probably seen them floating around on Facebook and Twitter.  I’ve read a … Continue reading

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The Adoration of Robin Williams

Robin Williams is dead.  I am sad that he killed himself.  I can’t say I was a fan of his, though he did make me laugh many times.  I didn’t see most of his movies, but I saw enough to … Continue reading

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10 Qualities a Preacher Needs Besides the Ability to Preach

They call us preachers because we preach.  Some would say that preaching is the main thing we do, though I think that’s debatable.  Lots of excellent orators have destroyed their congregations because they didn’t do anything else well.  And lots of mediocre … Continue reading

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Gaffes and the Gospel

I was amused by Pope Francis’s recent slip of the tongue.  He was speaking to thousands in St. Peter’s square when he said the word “cazzo” instead of “caso.”  Caso means “example” in Italian, while cazzo is the Italian word for…well…in … Continue reading

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7 Church Members Who Get Under Your Preacher’s Skin

Part of ministry work is dealing with irritating people.  I once heard a veteran preacher say to his congregation: “I preach for free.  It’s putting up with you people that I get paid for.”  It was, perhaps, an inelegant comment, … Continue reading

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Sermons Without Words

The great Chinese preacher, Watchman Nee, once preached a sermon without saying a word.  It was during a time when Christians were under intense persecution in China.  Anything he said to promote Christianity would have put him and his people in … Continue reading

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Who Would Have Thought?

The snow shower that hit on Saturday night morphed into a full-blown blizzard by Sunday morning.  People with a lick of sense took one look out their windows and decided to stay home from church.  People without a lick of sense decided to … Continue reading

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Porn, Preaching, and the Choices We All Make

Alfred Charles Kinsey (1894-1956) devoted most of his life to the study of sex.  In 1947 he founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University.  Most people today have heard of the Kinsey Reports, though you probably don’t know … Continue reading

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