Look Back, Not Forward

So much of our lives are spent trying to impress people who don’t notice. The reason they won’t notice, likely, is that they are busy trying to impress others who won’t notice them. We are always reaching for some level we haven’t yet attained, trying to attract the attention of those who are further along than us.

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The Lost Stories of Jesus

Have you’ve heard of the lost stories of Jesus? They have been lost for two-thousand years. They’re not some top secret, conspiracy theory, half-baked, collection of pseudo historical teachings of the Christ. The lost stories of Jesus are three parables he told about lost things to illustrate the heart of God.

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Seminary Can’t Teach You to Love Sheep

There are so many great things I can say about the seminary I graduated from. I loved my professors and my classes. But as many before me have stated, there are certain things you can’t learn in seminary. One of them is how to love sheep.

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Life in the Wild (Talk)

The following video is from a chapel service at Cedarville University where I gave a talk on seven effects of the fall based on a study of Genesis 3. This is the topic I cover in my new book “Life in the Wild,” which is available here.

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The Disruptive Nature of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving reveals more about us than we may realize. Most Americans think of the holiday we affectionately call Thanksgiving primarily in terms of the feast, a meal which takes on average seven hours to make and only sixteen minutes to eat. But as we see in the book of Acts, true thanksgiving is disruptive.

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God is Not Ashamed of You

Christian, God is not ashamed of you. You may very well be ashamed of you. God isn’t.

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The Boundless Beauty of God’s Workmanship (Ephesians 2)

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A Formula for Peace

After Jesus told the disciples he was going to die they were understandably freaked out. I would have been too. In John chapter sixteen, among other things, Jesus tells them he is going to leave them. The chapter ends with Jesus’ words, “I’ve said these things that in me you might have peace.

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What If We Preached Like Jesus Lived

What if we preached like Jesus lived? What if we spoke about God with the kind of attention that Jesus gave to his audience as he walked about teaching and healing? What if our preaching took into account the woman caught in adultery, the short tax collector straining for hope, the man ashamed to ask spiritual questions so he hides in the cover of night, the blind beggar, or the children who want nothing more than to embrace the Savior?

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