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Advent Preaching After Trump’s Election

Preachers worth their salt will give careful attention to the unique preaching opportunities this Advent season presents. The election of Donald Trump did more than prove that Americans will elect a controversial candidate. Tragically the election revealed a divide in our country, a divide much wider and deeper than anyone realized.  Wednesday morning after the election, our country woke up to the undeniable fact that a very large segment of the American electorate is frustrated, angry and divided. Every post-election analysis and editorial has admitted this. Because these emotions are evident in ways they had not been previously, the advent themes of hope, peace, joy, and love take on new meaning. Jesus intended that His church be a community of faith that represents a different type of bond, a bond of genuine love:  “By this will all people know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.’  Yet, the toxic culture of our society has infected our churches more than … [Read More...]

When Do Ministers Deserve Double Honor?

October is “Pastor Appreciation Month” and, rightfully, we gladly include all ministers and staff in our expressions of sincere gratitude.  So much of what ministers do is publicly unseen and seldom recognized.  Granted, most ministers do not want adulation; however, we owe it to ourselves to say thanks.  After all, our parents taught us: “When someone does something nice for you, you should always say ‘thank you.’” We also honor our ministers, not because they are perfect, but because … [Read More...]

Pictures That Make You Think

Recently my wife, Nancy, and I enjoyed a week back in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.  There I graduated from seminary and served two churches.  The time away was a refreshing opportunity of sightseeing and, more importantly, catching up with dear church friends, some whom I had not seen in forty years.  Here are a few pictures from the trip that I thought worth sharing. These first three are from the George W. Bush Library.  I was impressed with the library itself and especially with these … [Read More...]