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A Snapshot of My Sermon-Writing Process

A few people have asked about my weekly process for sermon preparation, so I thought I would share. I budget 8-10 hours during the week for prep. In the early days of preaching, it usually took twice that. On Tuesdays, I budget 3-4 hours for…
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March 1, 2016
Gospel of MatthewSermons

Failing Forward – Matthew 14

In a society where we are so often obsessed with success, with the question, “how can I succeed?” we often don’t know what to do with our failures. This sermon clocks in at 22 minutes, but keep listening for Jim Belcher's excellent Communion meditation at…
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February 15, 2016
FavoritesJonah

Passivity and Participation – Jonah 1

Familiarity doesn’t just breed contempt; familiarity can breed passivity. And we can become so familiar with cherished biblical narratives that we are inoculated against their power. When this happens, we lose our spiritual fitness and begin to suffer from a condition we might call spiritual…
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January 3, 2016
Sermons

Able to Save to the Uttermost – Hebrews 7

We may often intercede, pray or try to minister to others; we may often receive from those who intercede, pray or minister to us. But even the best ministers are ultimately flawed. How good is grace when it comes through the hands of fallen ministers?…
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March 1, 2015