The Recycling Sermon?

“What does Joseph’s story have to do with recycling?” This is a question that was asked after my message this weekend, and it's something I’m sure other people were wondering. I wanted to take a minute to address this question because I think it’s an important one. First, I will reiterate what I said on Sunday at the 10:00 am service: this was not a sermon about recycling. It was a ...

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Dreams and Rest

Simply put: your ability to dream is built upon your ability to rest. If you’re worn down and burned out, your problems will be magnified and God’s calling on your life will begin to wane. There’s no way around it: dreaming is a result of dwelling in a state of restfulness, not in the midst of frenetic activity.

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2014 Sermon Recap

For the last few years, I’ve used the blog to analyze my sermons from the last year and share my own thoughts on what we have covered as a church. A normal part of many people’s church experience is to get to the car or lunch (or Life Group) and ask, “What did you think about the sermon?” The more I’ve been around other pastors in recent years, the more ...

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Becoming the Father

On Sunday at Harris Creek, we studied the most famous parable Jesus ever taught, popularly known as “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.”[1] Judging by the response to this sermon, we still love this story today as much as ever, and for good reason. However, heading into this message I was worried that I might contribute to a problem I’ve battled since I’ve been in ministry. I was afraid that ...

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Engaging the Culture

One tension Christians throughout the ages have wrestled with is how we are to relate to the culture around us. There are groups of well-meaning Christians that arrive at far different conclusions when it comes to this subject. At one extreme, there are people who attempt to live lives that are completely separate and distinct from the world around them. Their posture towards culture is generally defensive and guarded. On ...

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Lent Day 26 Reflection

Blaise Pascal[1] is famous for once saying, “I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber. A man who has enough to live on, if he knew how to stay with pleasure at home, would not leave it to go to sea or to besiege a town.”[2] The focus of our Lenten readings this week is ...

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Beautiful and Terrible Things

As many of you know, March 3 is a day that has marked my life in a unique way. On March 3, 2001, my younger sister, Lynley, was killed in a car accident. Ten years later on March 3, 2011, a person bent on pure evil killed one of my closest friends, Clint Dobson, in a senseless crime. How do we make sense of such tragedies? Both were taken from ...

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Beginning Like the End

Last week my wife, Becca, gave birth to our second child, which is still one of the craziest experiences to go through in this life. To see new life enter the world is incredible, and I’ve obviously been thinking about this a lot over the last month. Simultaneously, I’ve been preparing for my next sermon series at Harris Creek called “The New Exodus” where we will be studying Romans 8. ...

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