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From Nazareth… The Introduction of Jesus

Here is my manuscript from my sermon on December 28, 2008.  Enjoy. 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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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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My First Sermon in a While

So I preached a sermon for the first time in about 17 months this past Sunday.  Preaching is one of my greatest gifts and favorite activities, and so it was with much anticipation that I walked up to the pulpit.  Since the last time I preached, I have been through almost 47 hours worth of seminary with nary a particular preaching class, so I had gained a whole lot of head knowledge about God, the Bible, and such, but I hadn’t practically put that into preaching yet, and it showed.

Before I left for Asbury, I had a congregant who came up to me and said, “Don’t let seminary ruin your preaching.  I like it the way it is.”  Now, this has danger written all over, I know.  But let’s get to the truth of his statement, which was the strength of my pre-Asbury preaching: connecting.  Pre-Asbury, I could preach sermons that resonated and connected with others.  God has given me the ability to hook people into the sermon and guide them through the journey through Scripture.  At its best, the sermon connected with people where they were at and engaged their heart and mind in God’s Will.  At its worst, it was a witty, well-crafted speech where people remembered my personal stories, and not God’s grander narrative.  Continue reading

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Seeds of Youth Ministry

Here is a sermon that I wrote after doing some work in my Matthew class.  It has never been preached publically, but I thought I would share it here.   

Matthew 13:1-9      

  That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears  listen!’

    I was in youth ministry.  You hear that a lot “was in youth ministry.”  I heard it from members of my congregation, and I hear it now from seminary students.  There is something about youth ministry that makes many of us “past tensers.”  It was something that we did, but we moved on to “bigger and brighter things.”  But I think to really understand this parable you have to understand youth ministry.            Continue reading

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