The Word Became Flesh

  The following is the final devotional of my Advent book, Just One Word. This devo is simply entitled “Flesh,” based on John 1:14: “Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us’” (Jn 1:14 NET). ~~~ Ancient philosophers dubbed it a “scandal.” A modern religious professor calls it a...

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It’s Not What I Wanted!

  What’s your favorite Christmas verse in the Bible? Probably not Job 3:24-26: “For sighing has become my daily food;  my groans pour out like water.  What I feared has come upon me;  what I dreaded has happened to me.  I have no peace, no quietness;  I have no rest, but only turmoil.”  What...

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An Advent Attitude Adjustment

  A Schlotzky’s sign in Abilene, TX has the town talking. It reads, “Closed For Attitude Adjustment.” The owner of the sandwich shop, John Herod, explained that his employees were not offering the smiling service he wanted or the customers deserved. The sign says they will reopen their doors on December 4, but Herod says...

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Stir Up Sunday

  November 24 is Christ the King Sunday in many traditional churches across the world.  This Sunday marks the last day of Pentecost and acts as bridge to Advent, the Christmas cycle and new liturgical year. Christ the King reminds us that there is more than a baby Savior at Christmas; we serve a...

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Stinky Church

  Not too long ago, I heard a funny story from a fellow preacher. When he was about 7 or 8 years old, his mother took him along to a church conference. A man greeted them at the door. Once inside, my friend took a big whiff and blurted, “This...

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Not Mistaking One Thing for Another

  I’m not a church consultant. I haven’t pastored a megachurch or written a bestseller on how to grow your congregation in ten easy steps. But, as a pastor and traveling evangelist for the last 30 years, I have seen scores of churches in action. At the very least, I’m a good observer. And the...

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We’ve Never Met…

  I know you. We’ve never met, but I still know you. You see, I was like you during one long stretch of my life. I didn’t know if God existed and it didn’t really seem to matter. I grew up in church. Maybe you did, too. My folks were active members...

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Breaking Good

   SPOILER ALERT! Walter White died this past week. The AMC network reported that 10.3 million viewers caught the Sunday night demise of the anti-hero of Breaking Bad, the series of a high school chemistry teacher-cum-drug lord. It was a fitting, tragic end for “Heisenberg,” the street name of Walter White, played by Emmy-winning...

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The Telescope of Faith

  A Facebook friend recently posted a link to this video about the Hubble Telescope. In 1995, NASA astronomers trained this powerful instrument on a dark patch of sky, believing there wasn’t much out there. Over 340 exposures were made over a period of ten days, surprising the scientists with images of...

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