2016 Sermon Recap

  As we near the end of 2016, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the past year, particularly when it comes to preaching. Every year I try to devote some time to processing how things went – what was effective, what was less than stellar, and how I can improve. Just like an artist, an actor/actress, or even a coach, there are some final products that I’m personally more pleased with ...

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Choosing a Name (Round 3)

Yesterday, I witnessed our third child, Warren Kyle Herbert, enter the world. It was every bit as exciting, nerve-racking, and wonderful as the other two times I’ve witnessed one of my children take their very first breath. Witnessing new life come into the world for the first time is one of God’s best gifts that He can give us. “Gift” is the word that comes to mind because there are ...

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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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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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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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Choosing a Name (Round 2)

June Meyer Herbert was born yesterday and it was, yet again, one of the most surreal experiences of my life. The process, anticipation, and watching your wife in some of the worst pain imaginable lead to one of the greatest joys is such an intense and holy experience. Now that she has arrived, I wanted to walk you through why Becca and I chose to give our daughter the name ...

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2013 Sermon Recap

Last year I did a recap of the Scripture and authors I covered throughout the year, and it proved to be a helpful exercise for a couple of reasons. First, one of my primary goals in preaching is to make sure we are covering a broad range of genres in Scripture each year. I want to make sure there is a healthy does that includes the gospels (NT), epistles (NT), ...

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