On Transitions, and the Joy of Embracing the Unexpected

I sat at a picnic table in the backyard of my parents’ house last summer on a gorgeous Wisconsin summer morning. It was my birthday (July 26), and I was nearly four weeks into a three month sabbatical that my church had granted me and my family for seven years…

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10 Years of Preaching, 10 Lessons: Lesson 7–Less is More

(NOTE: this post is part of a series of posts I’m doing reflecting on the task and calling of preaching on this, the 10th anniversary of my own preaching ministry… hope you’ve enjoyed them so far!) In the last post I contended that one of the most basic practical tasks…

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10 Years of Preaching, 10 Lessons–Lesson 6

(NOTE: this post is part of a series of posts I’m doing reflecting on the task and calling of preaching on this, the 10th anniversary of my own preaching ministry.) Hey friends– Sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve written. It’s been a zany season. Alright. We’ve spent several…

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10 Years of Preaching, 10 Lessons–Lesson 4

(NOTE: This blog is part of a series of posts I’m doing on lessons I’ve learned on preaching over the last 10 years) If you’ve been following this series of posts so far, one of the things you’ve noticed (and perhaps are frustrated with) is how little I’ve said about things…

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10 Years of Preaching, 10 Lessons–Lesson 3

(NOTE: This blog is part of a series of posts I’ll be doing on lessons I’ve learned on preaching over the last 10 years) When do you “prep” to preach? Probably for all but the very most charismatic among us, there is a definite time and day that you sit down…

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