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Thoughts on Oaths

The Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 36-37 discuss the Third Commandment.  “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7 NIV 84 Sermon writing involves taking a lot of notes, about 60%-90% of those notes never make it into the […]

About Those Women

A Good Friday Meditation, Matt 27:55-56 “Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” (NIV 1984) Watching from a distance. Many women were watching from a […]

On Revival

I grew up in Southern Ohio.  In that place Revival was a planned event.  Revival was scheduled.  The big name speaker would come from out of town.  The band would be assembled.  The church would be open on Friday night and Saturday night. Emotions would fly, and, yes, people would have their lives changed… at […]


For the past few months I have been wondering about what James KA Smith wonders about in his book Imagining the Kingdom.  Charles Taylor in The Secular Age has similar wonderings, (or wanderings!) as does Hunter in To Change the World, and Lose in Preaching at the Crossroads.  The wondering is this:  What does it mean to believe […]

Notes on the 116th Psalm

Here are some notes on the Psalm that will the sermon text for Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 I.  I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”  Psalm 116:10. Not our typical response.  More often we will hear someone say, “I am greatly afflicted… (sad, ill, depressed, worried, victimized, oppressed, hurt, wounded, angry)” Therefore I […]

Christmas Message

There is a painting by Gari Melchers entitled The Nativity.  Joseph is seated leaning forward.  His large carpenter hands are folded together.  His elbows are resting on his thighs.  He looks down with tired eyes at the baby in front of him.  Now, finally, all things are still. Mary is next to Joseph, sitting on […]