Dr. Jim Motes examines how shepherds used their staff to lead, guide, and encourage their flock in the same way God directs us today.
Lessons from the Head Hog’s Crash
Paul warned the church at Corinth with these words, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). As you reflect on the Petrino scandal, take some time to consider the strength of your moral foundation.
Easter: The Unexpected Event That Changed History
In that sense, Easter is the greatest joke in history – not because it isn’t an authentic historical event, but because it caught everyone by surprise. The resurrection of Jesus was the surprise ending of Holy Week – the unexpected twist that caught everyone off guard.
The moral tensions of “The Hunger Games”
Ethical questions are raised in the trilogy: The Hunger Games
“You’re your own worst critic.” Really?
My colleague, Dr. Fuller, insightfully wrote about expectations for ministers a few weeks ago, and I’d like to ponder the issue of making sure others maintain our standards, from a different angle. And last fall I wrote a piece about how we’re often taught “Don’t judge” as a biblical truth without any reflection. I suppose this is the other side of … Read More
Steve Jobs’ Binary Code
Ryan Neal using the life and behavior of Steve Jobs, examines the binary judgments we often place on ourselves in spite of the fact that in Christ, we can live in the between, sinner yes, but also saint.
If Your Illustration Causes You to Stumble, Sharpen It!
In the fall, some of my colleagues proposed a point-counterpoint theological debate for our blog posts at MinistryU. Since several of my colleagues mined the depths of biblical and historical theology studies during their doctoral work while I simply spaded the surface exploring the practical theology of homiletics, I did not express any interest in getting involved. Think about it, … Read More
If Your Illustration Causes Your Sermon to Stumble, Cut It Off
“. . . it is better to have a dry eyed listener who leaves with a firm grasp of biblical truth than a snot slinging, Kleenex crushing, heart-warmed person who cannot even remember what passage you preached.”
The Irony is Reality: Why We Need the Luke 2 Story
Dr. Chuck Fuller examines why the Good News often comes to those who need it most. Jesus came for the desperate, not the self-sufficient.
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