7 Things I Wish Pastors Would Stop Doing

As a fellow pastor with almost 20 years of experience I believe I have a unique role to guard the integrity of the ministry and make sure the broader Body of Christ is protected. Paul said that disciples should “…no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there…

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Strategies to End Abortion

Today in the anti-abortion community there is a stir about which strategies the Bible prescribes to end it’s practice. I have found myself being accused by some in the “Pro-Life” movement as being too harsh and others in the abolitionists movements as, “too soft.” However, I believe both accusations are wrong because they are not…

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The Church: The Pillar and Foundation of the Truth

According to God’s Word in 1 Timothy 3:15 the church of the living God is the pillar and foundation of the truth. The church is the universal body of Christ’s disciples that obey all of Jesus commands (Matthew 28:19) and Jesus (“The Truth,” John 14:6) is the Cornerstone and Foundation of the church (1 Corinthians…

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Why Christians Should Oppose Abortion and LGBT Special Rights

Introduction: A Pastoral Word for Left Leaning Christians Tonight’s discussion of Christian opposition to abortion and to the LGBT agenda will be considered mostly an “in house” discussion among believers in Christ. Having said that, we should then be able to agree that abortion, homosexual practice, transgenderism and the like are sinful, according to Scripture.…

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A Hope and a Future

In Jesus there is hope today for Chicago and all the people who live in this beautiful city. There is a future for us and our families if we hear the Word of God to Jeremiah and obey it. SERMON TEXT Jeremiah 29:4-14, “4 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to…

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Worship Concerts & Pricey Tickets

With the recent popularity of all the “worship concerts” and the expensive ticket prices ($25-$100 per person- cost for my family of six would be around, $200); “Does anyone in the church think it strange that you can go to your local church and listen (and participate) in the worship unto God for FREE, but need…

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Facebook Stardom in Ministry

After studying social media at Trinity as apart of my doctoral studies for the class, Preaching & Culture, something struck me as odd, and even grieving, and that is how many pastors and ministers use Facebook (and all social media) as a means to develop “Fans” and not “Disciples.” Now they may not call people their,…

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Social Media and the Church

Note: This was a sermon preached in the class, “Preaching & Culture,” in the doctoral program aimed towards “church leaders” regarding “church and technology.”  Like many young pastors I joyfully jumped head first into the social media revolution in the early 2000’s. I was a first hand witness to the explosion of social communities like “MySpace,” hosted weekly live…

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The History of Thanksgiving in the United States

“We thank the turkey for this great meal!” (Wait… WHAT?!) Sounds funny right? But I’ve been watching these reality shows on Discovery where people live on farms and get back to nature and one of them, “Alaska, The Last Frontier” had a Thanksgiving meal where they thanked everyone and everything- even the turkey, but they never thanked…

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