Category: Bible



SERMON from 7-21-13: ‘Church Goes to the Movies: Luther’

My sermon from 7-21-13 on Amos 8.1-12

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SERMON from 7-7-13: “Church Goes to the Movies: ‘Secondhand Lions'”

This is the first in a four-part sermon series called “Church Goes to the Movies.” Part 1:   Part 2:    


SERMON from 6-30-13: “The Nons, the Nones and the Buts”

On Luke 9.51-61, here is my sermon from June 30th.

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SERMON from 6-9-13: “What Brazil Taught Me…” (parts 1 & 2)

In this message, I use my experiences in Brazil to help me preach Psalm 146. Here's part 1:

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We’ve Given @JohnPiper Just What He Wanted

John Piper, stuck in a glass box

In the aftermath of this week's deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, John Piper – @JohnPiper – tweeted some abusive words from scripture. He soon deleted them, and sent out a lackey to say, “John realized last night pretty quickly that what gives him comfort in the wake of tragedy is not what resonates with everyone.”

Piper is comforted by a God who brings his judgement in the form of death and destruction and calls it “mercy.”

The problem here is not that Piper tweeted this ignorant and foolish words in the midst of other's tragedy.

The problem is that we all took his bait.

Piper probably didn't set-out to stir a debate. He wanted to tout his idea of god (purposeful lower-case “G”). However, he believes that his theology is the correct theology – and who among us doesn't.

This story is exactly the kind of thing that makes him think he is doing the right thing. I think we can all agree that what he said this week isn't right.

However, his tweet began a debate. I believe he likes that. If he believes there is even a chance that someone might come to believe as he does, he likes the fact that happened.

In short, our “debate” gave him exactly what he wanted – confirmation that everything he believes is right.

Can we please – in the future – keep from feeding the theological trolls?


Video From The Pastor’s Office #19 – “Killing @OReillyFactor’s Logic”

Bill O’Reilly says that Jesus was killed over the issue of taxes. There are literally dozens of things wrong with this assertion. This is my off-the-cuff attempt to thwart them.


#TheBible – Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Let me get his straight…

It's a novel…based on a TV series…based on #TheBible.

¡Dios mío!



Video From The Pastor’s Office #16 – “Ethnicity, Race, Gender & #TheBible” @wilgafney

I told you I might have to do 2 or 3 podcasts on #TheBible. Here's no. 2.

I talk pretty frankly about race in this piece, so be warned.



SERMON from 2-17-13: “Last Words From The Cross: ‘Father, Forgive Them…'”

This is the first of a seven-part series for the Lenten and Easter season. I got the idea from my father-in-law, who serves as Senior Pastor at Mesa First United Methodist Church, downtown Mesa, Arizona. Luke 23.32-34 (CEB) 32They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33When they arrived at the place

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Tooley Claims Bible Vague On Modern Issues – @MarkDTooley, @TheIRD

Mark Tooley makes a living ensuring that “leftist religionists” are held to account for the entirety of scripture. With that in mind, you can imagine my surprise to read Tooley talking about immigration reform. He – as usual – uses his platform to ridicule the “leftists,” then proceeds to point out: …the Bible does not

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