Jesus, keys, and “loosening” power: beyond a theology of “no”!

Once upon a time, near a wide spot in a Tennessee road, lived Mrs. Grace. For forty three years Anna Grace taught algebra and calculus at the high school and played the piano every Sunday at a her little Methodist church. One afternoon Mrs. Grace dropped by church to get ready for choir rehearsal and […]

just one degree- Lent as recalibration

Lent begins with Jesus alone in the wilderness being tested by the Tempter.  Temptations rarely beckon us to do something vile, terrible or evil.  It’s unlikely any of you woke up laying plans to commit adultery, desecrate the sanctuary, or become consumed by anger.  Temptations usually just pull us a little off track.  I read […]

7 Attributes in the Nations God Loves 

In seasons filled with division and loud voices, do we listen for the still small voice of God whispering peace into our souls?   Do we let the Word of God trouble us, shake us up, challenge our notions and change our thinking?  Today, I come preaching about seven qualities that God loves in any nation.  […]

Spiritual Fitness- Step 1

“Run in such a way that you may win the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:25).  Perhaps the Apostle Paul was a runner or maybe all his missionary travels gave Paul an appreciation of race walking. Eckhard J Schnabel estimates that the Apostle Paul traveled some 8,700 miles over land and some 6,800 miles over sea in […]

no time for questions

A seldom celebrated, yet vital part of any good preaching is asking questions.  Questions are more dangerous than declarative statements for they demand an answer.  We brush off a hard statement. It is harder to shake a good question.   Jesus asked questions all the time.  Here are a few: Is not life more than food? Do not even […]