Monthly Archives: January 2009

From Nazareth… The Introduction of Jesus

Here is my manuscript from my sermon on December 28, 2008.  Enjoy. Continue reading


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Two Sports Questions

I enjoy hypothetical questions, and I hope you do too.  I have two questions for you today.  1.  If you were recommending a sports franchise for someone to root for, who would it be and why?  This is not an opportunity to talk about how much you love your favorite team, but what team do you think would be most rewarding to be a fan of.  I’m a Cubs fan, but I don’t recommend it.  It’s too painful.  2. What athlete would be the best athlete at another sport?  If you have seen Lebron’s new commercial about playing for the Browns, then this is asking that sort of question.  My answers after the jump. Continue reading

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My Definition of Preaching

I think about preaching a lot, and I preach a lot.  Now, normally it is to myself in the car, but occasionally I get to do it in front of people.  Preaching is one of the moments in which I feel most alive.  (Just so you know, if you are thinking about your identity, focus on those moments when you feel most alive.)  I enjoy listening to sermon podcasts.  Love going to church to hear preaching, and wish that I could take more preaching classes, just for the fun of it.  So, I thought I would share my running definition of preaching and then unpack it a litle bit.  “Preaching is essentially translating the revealed Word of God to God’s children.”  Continue reading


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Methodist Experiment

Kevin Watson at has started an experiment to see how much social capital Methodist bloggers have. This experiment was prompted by the feeling among some Methodist bloggers that United Methodism does not always do as good of a job as it could at getting the Wesleyan message out there, particularly on-line. So, he wants to see how many views a YouTube video can get if Methodist bloggers work together to promote it. The experiment is to see how many hits the video will receive in two weeks. Continue reading

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It’s been a while

Sorry, I haven’t blogged in a while.  I am hoping to get into a better routine with my blogging.  I miss it, and I know that it is beneficial to me.  I hope it is encourages you as well.  It has been a busy few weeks.  I got done with my third semester of school and am now halfway done with seminary.  I began getting ready for a sermon that I preached on the 28th at my dad’s church in Owasso.  If you are interested you can watch me here.  It is my sermon for the Board of Ordained Ministry, so that’s a really big deal, and I took a  lot of time getting ready for that.  I have recently been answering questions for that same board, and will have to do a Bible Study as well, all to be done before Feb. 1.  It will be.  I am also began taking Greek today, so alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta, eta, theta, iota, kappa, lambda, mu, nu, xi, Omicron, phi, rho, sigma, tau, upsilon, chi, psi, omega.  I did that without looking, and I am missing one: phi (I looked it up, it goes between upsilon and chi.)  My quiz isn’t till Wednesday.  I have time to study. Continue reading

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