random thought blog

Random thoughts

1. I’m looking so forward to eating watermelon with our faith family tonight. 2. Can’t wait to go watch Selma. Let’s get out and support this movie. 3. I’m counting the minutes until I get to start preaching through the life of Joseph. This weekend. These have become some of the most redemptive words in my life: […]

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Feed sheep

Don’t go to church to get fed.

Go to church to get hungry. Don’t go to church to get fed? People say this sounds unbiblical. Didn’t Jesus tell Peter, “Feed my sheep”? That’s the point. We first hear this idea in Ezekiel 34 where God was speaking “against the shepherds of Israel” who failed to feed the sheep and instead fed themselves: “The […]

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“I just want you to hold me.”

I just want you to hold me. Those were the syllables streaming off the lips of my new bride on the first night of our marriage. Just to give you context, we waited. And waited. And I can’t overstate how ready I was to fully know my wife. Biblically. As Jesus followers we were saving our sex […]

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Get the Story Right

Some time ago I was speaking with a young couple on the verge of getting married and the subject of my marriage came up. The more I talked about the marriage I have experienced – and the wife I enjoy – the more grateful I became. My final assessment was, I’m so blessed it’s crazy. […]

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A call to prayer

Dear faith family, Let’s pray. Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’m inviting everyone who reads this to fast and pray for the many needs we are witnessing around the world, including here at home. It’s easy to be overwhelmed and disengaged amid media reports of wars, and disease, racial and ethnic conflict, and corrupt governments, but Believer, you are […]

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I am on background

Jesus in every book of the Bible

  Here is a list of scratch notes I’ve had in my Bible for years (cut and pasted from today’s sermon). Jesus from Genesis to Revelation: In Genesis He is the Creator, the seed of the woman. Exodus – Our liberator, the Passover Lamb, I am who I am. Leviticus – Perfect High Priest making […]

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Stop Being a Third Wheel

It is hard not to look with awe at the life of John the Baptist. The first page of the gospel story is really the last of his own, and while we know a little about his radical prophetic call from the wilderness and his courage to speak truth to power, we also see that […]

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Random summer thoughts

Here’s a peak inside my brain right now: Meditation is a game changer. Whatever I meditate upon I magnify. And whatever I magnify controls me. You have an appetite for the eternal because of your DNA. Image of God. You’ll never be satisfied until you partake of the eternal. Children are a much bigger blessing than my […]

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Keep Hammering

Stop trying to do the impressive. As if God needs something big. Take the ordinary life you’re already doing, and do it in his name. In his power. In his presence. Give it to him. Thank him for it. Worship him in it. Acknowledge him in it, and you never know, he just might add […]

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Megachurch Pastor Resigns Over Moral Failure: what does it mean?

Another famous preacher has fallen. Moral failure is what they’re calling it in the news. It is my single biggest fear. Perhaps it’s because I have witnessed the cultural aftershock every time a Christian leader falls into scandalous sin. It could be that I’ve been up close with one too many people who felt the […]

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