A Tigger or an Eeyore?

Galatians 5:22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Randy Pausch began his famous Last Lecture telling of his diagnosis,    If you look at my CAT scans, there are…

Doubt as a Path to Faith

“Don’t be a Doubting Thomas,” was a charge I heard both at home and church. Doubt was bad. It was below lying and stealing, but doubt was otherwise high on the list of nonchristian characteristics and Thomas was the icon…

Can’t Shake Jesus

When I was younger, there was an evangelism program called, I Found It, complete with celebrities, booklets, and bumper stickers. One of the messages of the advertising campaign used the image from Revelation 3 with Jesus standing at my door…

What about Holy Saturday?

   Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday – But what about Saturday? Certainly Saturday must have been what seemed like one of the longer days of the week.  Jesus had died, terribly, but burried certainly. With each…

Friday, But Sunday’s Coming

As I pray and prepare for a Good Friday Sermon, a Sunrise Easter Sermon, and an Easter Sermon, I can’t help but think of my favorite Easter sermon. I’m glad to see Tony Campolo is still telling about it. He…

Jesus Here, Jesus Now

 Churches today post advertisements for their worship services as Traditional or Contemporary. Soren Kierkegaard said long ago that what the world needed was not Contemporary Worship but Contemporary Christians. Here is my paraphrase of a section from Kierkegaard’s Practices in…

Why Jesus Died.

To this day, I am haunted by a sermon that I heard. The church is Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta where Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sr. both preached. I was there with a seminary group on the Sunday before Easter.…