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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2014 Sermon Graphic Recap

Each year, our Lead Pastor, Brady Herbert, does a Sermon Recap where he revisits and reflects on his favorite/least favorite sermons/sermon series from that past year. I love reading his thoughts on each series he liked or maybe didn’t like -- it also brings out a little nostalgia in me from the past year. A lot can happen over the course of a year. In 2014 there were 52 different sermons ...

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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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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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2012 Sermon Recap

With 2012 winding down, I wanted to analyze my sermons from the last year to see what we covered as a church. Part of what I was doing was making sure there was broad coverage of Scripture. I also wanted to see which authors influenced my thinking the most in the last year. So, for better or worse, here is the breakdown of my sermons from 2012: Finally, since it’s a ...

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Providence

I said in yesterday’s blog that we are starting what I hope will be an annual series called “Christ and Culture” this Sunday. We are going to take four weeks to look at what culture says about God and compare it to Scripture. Each year, my hope is to tackle a different subject and compare the two worldviews. This year, we are going to look specifically at what culture is ...

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Christ and Culture

On Sunday we are starting a new sermon series called “Christ and Culture.” The title of this series is a nod to a book with the same title written by H. Richard Niebuhr in 1951. Christ and Culture was a seminal book that is still a vital resource for many Christians, even 60-plus years later. The book is addressing the question, “How should Christians relate to the surrounding culture?” Another ...

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Simplicity

What comes to mind when you think of practicing the discipline of simplicity? Most often the discipline of simplicity gets associated with taking a voluntary vow of poverty or selling possessions. Perhaps one reason we associate simplicity with giving away possessions is because it’s measurable and easily defined. But the discipline of simplicity should not be reduced to a set of external decisions concerning our possessions. This is certainly part ...

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