Sports Addicts

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog on the idolatry of sports in America. I wanted to follow up on the subject because it is a bigger issue than people really think it is. Many people struggle with finding their purpose in this world, and so they turn to sports to get a sense of transcendence and to add meaning to their life. Their job is not fulfilling, their ...

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Idolatry of Sports

I was going to write this blog over a month ago during all of the college football conference realignment talks, but I am actually glad I waited. I’m glad I got to see LeBron James’ debacle on TV last night, and I’m glad I have been able to read the reaction to his decision today. It has solidified in my mind what is going on with America and our obsession ...

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Hesed

This last weekend at Harris Creek we started a new series called “Everyday People." (You can listen to the sermon podcast by clicking here) We focused in on one Hebrew word that called “hesed.” Hesed summarizes Ruth’s actions in her story and shows what we are called to if we want to participate in God’s bigger story. Here are some reminders about the word hesed. Hesed cannot be translated well into ...

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Thoughts on the Lost Finale

I said on Sunday that I wasn’t going to talk about Lost anymore in my illustrations, but I didn’t say I wouldn’t write about it. Ok, even if that is a copout, I can’t get some things off of my brain until I flesh them out, so I wanted to write about some general/thematic elements of the finale of Lost. First, let me state for the record that I thoroughly ...

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This Life is Temporary

It’s always this time of year that I struggle over a particular part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Every spring, we have an insane amount of birds in our trees around our house which undoubtedly always leads to me performing “last rites” for a handful of baby birds that die in our yard. Last spring we had 13 die. This spring it has been 7 so far. I buried ...

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Christ Follower

I am absolutely fascinated by, if not obsessed with, the person of Jesus Christ. For some people you may think this is completely normal for me to say such a thing. For others, this sounds like utter insanity. Either way, it is the truth. I love reading about, thinking about, praying to and discussing the person of Jesus. If you’ve never read through and thought about all four Gospels, I ...

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New Things

There are not many movies I think about on a regular basis from the 1990s, outside of Braveheart and Austin Powers (if that gives you a snapshot inside my brain). But there is one movie from the 1990s that I hated when I first watched it, but I still think about it far too often. That movie is Groundhog Day. It is a movie starring Bill Murray where he ...

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Manufactured gods

Psalm 78:57-58 (NLT) “They turned back and were as faithless as their parents. They were as undependable as a crooked bow. They angered God by building shrines to other gods; they made him jealous with their idols.” A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about one of the fastest growing churches in America being in Conway, Arkansas, and that it is experiencing unprecedented growth because they had an American Idol ...

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Matthew 10:28

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NIV) I have been struggling with the message I preached on Sunday night at Fear Factor that pointed to Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:28. It is such a foreign concept to teenagers in our culture that they should actually ...

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Judgment ≠ Your Critical Mood

Last night at Sola we talked about a misunderstanding most people have about Matthew 7:1 when Jesus says, “Do not judge.” Jesus cannot mean, “do not judge…period” because he says in John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” Even logically speaking, to say that all judging is bad would mean even condemning judging is bad. But as Christians we often miss what it means to judge ...

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