Five Things I Wish I’d Learned About Preaching Twenty Years Ago

I love preaching/teaching/sermonizing (or whatever the kids are calling it these days). I gave my first sermon as a seventeen-year-old, way back in 1998. That's almost twenty years ago, and I can't get my brain around that information as I type it. In the last twenty years I've experienced a lot of transformation as a … Continue reading Five Things I Wish I’d Learned About Preaching Twenty Years Ago

Labels, Walls, and the Divided Church

Our world, particularly here in America, is deeply divided. This division is often expressed through a series of labels: Democrats and Republicans. Liberals and Conservatives. People who see an issue one way versus people who see the same issue differently. We disagree, we label, and we essentially push those we disagree with aside and write them … Continue reading Labels, Walls, and the Divided Church

the exile of envy…

In his book, Seven, author Jeff Cook describes envy as exile. He traces the envy the Israelites had for other nations and the dramatic effects it had on their lives. In 1 Samuel, the Israelites reject God as king in favor of a human one, so they could be like all the other nations. Cook says, … Continue reading the exile of envy…