Aikido, Preaching

Now, Go and Research That

Although aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba before World War II, it has been refined and developed by a number of his students into various styles. The style I practice is called Tomiki Aikido after one of Ueshiba's pre-war students, Kenji Tomiki. Tomiki Sensei studied judo under its founder Jigoro Kano before studying with Ueshiba, and after… Continue reading Now, Go and Research That

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Church, General, Preaching

Writing a Sermon

Every once in awhile, someone will ask me how I prepare for a Sunday message. Over the years, I have used a lot of different approaches; but the one I prefer is to work inductively from the text. I work slowly, and it usually takes me about 25 hours per week to prepare for a… Continue reading Writing a Sermon

Church, General

Preach As If the Scriptures Mean Something

James MacDonald recently posted "Five Things We Do Instead of Preach."¬†I won't reiterate the points he made, all of which are valid. I once had a pastor tell me that he was too busy to prepare sermons, which was why he bought and borrowed series from well-known ministries rather than write his own. Sure, he… Continue reading Preach As If the Scriptures Mean Something

Church, General, History, Preaching

The Sad State of Biblical Literacy

I was once told by a fellow pastor, "I don't teach deep stuff. I just preach Jesus." That sounds great on a surface level, doesn't it? Let's just preach Jesus because He is after all the Savior of mankind, right? If people believe Him, then they can sort everything else out eventually, right? Wrong. Jesus… Continue reading The Sad State of Biblical Literacy

Church, Cross Posts, Personal

Effective Communication

Michael Hyatt recently posted a summary of what he believes is the four keys to effective communication: Effective communicators know how to prepare a message with a singular and crystal clear focus. If you know where you are going, you can take anyone with you. If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every… Continue reading Effective Communication

Cross Posts, Preaching

Viciously Contend for the Faith?

My friend and brother in Christ, Eric Davis shares some thoughts on the way extreme fundamentalism often becomes exactly what it was started to oppose. Check it out here.

Church, Greek

IKON

At Bedford Road, we finished up Luke 5 yesterday. To be honest, I am still a little surprised that it took me so long to work through the chapter but there is just so much depth to these first encounters with Jesus. The way Jesus turned these people's lives around, and then he encounters a… Continue reading IKON