Nov 27 2016 Can He Be the One?

November 28, 2016

The encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well is a classic. In terms of evangelism, we tend to think we need to be like Jesus, ready to say the perfect thing at the perfect time. In reality, the woman is more of a model for us. All she did was share her experience "I just met a man who told me everything I ever did" and ask a question, "Could this be the Messiah?" 

If our church follows this model and uses my new book, Encountering Jesus Today: Revolution and Resurrection, as a tool, I think God may do something wonderful in our church. 

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Nov 20, 2016 Can I Eat This?

November 28, 2016

Margaret Mead said it is easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet. Jesus said it's more important to get our hearts right than to get our diets right.

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Nov 6, 2016 So Much from So Little

November 28, 2016

Can God mulitiply church members as easily as feeding the multitude with a few loaves and fishes?

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Oct 30, 2016 Rash Promises

November 28, 2016

Some promises are better broken than kept. King Herod made a foolish promise that cost John the Baptist his life. 

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(Un)Welcome Home

October 19, 2016

Most of us struggle either to live up to the hopes and expectations of our families, or to escape from their judgments and criticisms.

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Oct 9, 2016 Peace! Be Still.

October 10, 2016

The story of Jesus calming the storm is based on one of my life passages Mark 4:35-41. My experience is that Jesus can indeed calm both the storms around us and the storms within us. And he does it even when our faith is painfully small.

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Oct 2, 2016 Hope for the Future

October 3, 2016

This Sunday marked the beginning of my second year as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. I used the occasion to reflect on the church's rich heritage and the inevitable changes that must be made in order to be faithful to God's calling to reach a world increasingly disinterested in church. (Hint: the answer doesn't involve style of music, video graphics or preachers in skinny jeans telling hilarious stories.)

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Discerning Good and Evil

September 28, 2016

What could be easier than telling the difference between good and evil? Apparently it isn't as easy as it sounds or we wouldn't have so many people in this election convinced the other party's candidate is not only wrong, but evil. This kind of confusion isn't new; some people in the Bible couldn't tell the difference between Jesus and the devil.

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Aug 14: Forgiven and Healed

August 16, 2016

One of the most humorous - and most profound - episodes in the life of Jesus involves the paralyzed man lowered through the roof by his friends into the home where Jesus was speaking. 

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July 31: Evil Spirits and Mental Health

August 1, 2016

What happens when the goodness of Jesus encounters the evil and craziness of the world? (1 Samuel 16:14-23, Mark 1:16-28, Romans 12:21)

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