Articles

These articles are from various sources. Some are old blog posts, others appeared in religious journals over the years. If nothing else, they are a trip down memory lane.

Upgrading the ‘Invitation Song’

Upgrading the ‘Invitation Song’

Has the “invitation song” outlived its usefulness? Well, every one of us should be asking, “What am I going to do about this sermon?” This is what should be on our minds, and a well-selected song following the sermon can help us decide on our response.

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Of All People the Most To Be Pitied?

Of All People the Most To Be Pitied?

Compared to our brethren in the first century, we’ve got it easy. There is so little price to be paid for being a Christian, most of us would say that we’ve had “a pretty good life anyway” even if it turns out there is no afterlife. Either way, we’ve got our bases covered. (Or do we?)

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Glamping Toward Canaan’s Happy Land

Glamping Toward Canaan’s Happy Land

Unlike Paul who longed to go to heaven and be released from the difficulties of his earthly “tent” (2 Corinthians 5:4), we spend our lives making our tents as cozy and comfy as possible — and perish the thought that we might have to quit living in them anytime soon.

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The (Real) Difference Encouragement Makes

The (Real) Difference Encouragement Makes

Let’s not define “encouragement” solely in terms of our feelings. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is going ahead and doing the right thing even when our feelings are failing us. So if we’ve been “encouraged,” that means we’ll do the right thing, even when it’s scary.

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Are We Apologizing for the Contribution?

Are We Apologizing for the Contribution?

Hearing the usual comments made before the Lord’s Day contribution, a visitor who didn’t know anything about our services might reasonably conclude that this is not a very important part of our service and that, in fact, we are a little embarrassed about it ourselves.

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Throwing Deep, Into Heavy Coverage

Throwing Deep, Into Heavy Coverage

As preachers (and writers), many of us are playing it safe. Like an athlete only trying to “keep from losing,” we seem to want nothing more than to keep from offending anyone. This was not the way Jesus taught, of course. He was willing to “throw deep, into heavy coverage.”

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