Monthly Archives: September 2016

How I Make Disciples

I’m a firm believer in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). In other words, I really believe when Jesus told His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations,” He wasn’t whistlin’ Dixie. He really expected (and expects) His followers … Continue reading

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Spirit-Dominated Preaching

What is preaching? Last week I proposed a definition that I believe captures Martin Luther’s views on the subject. Preaching is God’s Spirit speaking through God’s man by God’s Word in God’s way to bring God’s results. What’s noteworthy about … Continue reading

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Preparing for Sunday (9/25/16)

As one preacher famously said, it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming. As Christians there is no more important time in the life of your local church than the weekly worship gathering. It is here where we can encourage one another to … Continue reading

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When our Heroes are Villains

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Sure, it’s cynical and perhaps a little dramatic. But there’s a powerful echo of truth in Harvey Dent’s iconic line. The truth is, in … Continue reading

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The Spirit and the Sermon

You can’t study Martin Luther’s theology without receiving a heavy dose of the Holy Spirit. Lutheran scholar Regin Prenter contends, “The concept of the Holy Spirit completely dominates Luther’s theology.”[1] Another scholar agrees: “Luther was no merely academic theologian. He … Continue reading

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Decision 2016

I finally made up my mind. I know how I’m going to decide in November.   I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes. You’ve assumed all along the way that I’d just toe the party line. Fair point. … Continue reading

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Disciple-Making at Home

Over the past few weeks we’ve been talking about our mission to glorify Jesus by shepherding souls from lost to leader. We’ve said it over and over again. So many times–I hope–that you’re beginning to see this as something we’re … Continue reading

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Not THAT Martin Luther

“Not that Martin Luther.” After four years studying the life and preaching of one of the giants of church history I probably said it a dozen times. It usually went something like this: “So what are you studying?” a friendly … Continue reading

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The Hijacking of Love

Love—perhaps no word in the English language has been hijacked to a greater extent. Everybody talks about love, but few of us have truly wrestled with what it really means. The hijacking of love has taken many forms. For starters, … Continue reading

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