Sunday Reflection

Church Discipleship Faith Local Sunday Reflection
The Devil is Real. The Bible is True. The Work Remains.
February 20, 2017
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The Devil is Real. The Bible is True. The Work Remains.
Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days you’re startlingly reminded that God has a real enemy, and he hates you. I arrived to church yesterday and, for no reason at all, my back went out. I could hardly stand. On the way into the building, my daughter was nearly run over by someone […]
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5 Ways to Help Refugees Right Now
January 30, 2017
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5 Ways to Help Refugees Right Now
There’s a lot of chatter on social media about President Trump’s executive action. So, in an effort to turn passion into Kingdom action, I humbly submit for your consideration five steps we can take right now to be helpful toward this cause: Donate A lot of great, godly charities are funneling money and resources to […]
Blog Church Sunday Reflection
A Monday Missional Mind-Dump
April 11, 2016
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A Monday Missional Mind-Dump
Yesterday was an awesome day at church. For the first time, we baptized people in all four of our weekend gatherings. That’s a pretty big milestone for us. All of this cool stuff has my head spinning, and pumped for the mission of God in the Earth. So, here’s my Monday Missional Mind-Dump: God is on an […]
Church Sunday Reflection
Sunday Wrap: Money
April 4, 2016
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Sunday Wrap: Money
Yesterday I preached on everyone’s favorite topic — money. Here’s my random smattering of observations regarding that super-fun topic to preach about: The generosity of God in Jesus Christ means responsibility and generosity in this life. God has been crazy generous to his people. He, the wealthiest conceivable being, took responsibility for a problem that was not […]
Blog Church church planting Sunday Reflection
A Little Post-Easter Pastoral Perspective (Or, “Resurrection is for Pastors, Too”)
March 28, 2016
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A Little Post-Easter Pastoral Perspective (Or, “Resurrection is for Pastors, Too”)
Yesterday was Easter Sunday — pretty much the biggest Sunday for us pastors. The pressure was on early this year, since Easter came so Early. But, the folks show up in their Sunday best (even in Boston). Familiar and unfamiliar faces find their way into the seats to celebrate the risen King. Or, at least, to […]
Blog Devotional Sunday Reflection Theology
Never Enough
February 23, 2016
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Never Enough
Sundays are a 17+ hour day for me, and I love them. But, every Sunday, without exception, I arrive home and feel like I should have done more. Awaiting my arrival home are usually emails from folks who thought I didn’t/wasn’t x enough. Accompanying them are other emails from other folks who thought I did/was x too much. […]
Blog Church Leadership Preaching Sunday Reflection
3 Questions Pastors Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask Their People
January 28, 2016
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I love being a pastor. But, having been around a lot of pastors at our various confabs around the world, I’ve noticed something unhealthy. Some of my brethren are afraid to ask their people tough questions. Actually, let me include myself in that. Sometimes I am afraid to ask my people tough questions. But, ask we […]
Blog Sunday Reflection
Highways in the Heart
January 5, 2015
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“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose hearts are the highways to Zion…” Psalm 84:5 Yesterday I preached a completely different message at church than I had planned. As I prayed on Saturday night, I knew very clearly wanted that he wanted me to change my plans. I preached from Psalm 84. […]
Blog Church Devotional Sunday Reflection
God Doesn’t Need Me
July 28, 2014
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Most Sundays when I approach the pulpit, I’m prepared. I believe in hard work, study, and spending hours getting ready for the preaching and teaching that I do at church. But, this Sunday I was not. Emotionally, I was a wreck. Mentally, I was clouded. Physically, I was tired. Spiritually, I was dull. “This is going […]
Culture Leadership Sunday Reflection
Providence, and 4 Wrong Ways to Think About 2013
December 29, 2013
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Here we are at the precipice of another year. The gyms are revving up their new year’s campaigns, the self-help aisles in the book stores are fit to burst, and we’re feeling the itch to make lists full of to-do’s. But before we get too foam-at-the-mouth over this coming year, it may be helpful to […]