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The great pianist Alfred Brendel once stated, "I want to make music. That means I prefer the Steinway." Of course, he was referring to the Steinway piano. Steinway is known for making one of the best pianos in the world.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Provocations
In these weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas I often reflect on the link between the two. Without Christmas the things for which I am mostly deeply thankful would not be mine. Those things include my salvation, my spiritual inheritance, my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Provocations
As I sat to have my time alone with God this morning I was reading from A.W. Tozer. The words fit so well with where my mind was coming off of yesterdays sermon and facing the challenges of the week.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Provocations
Members of our congregation (Snohomish Community Church) have required regarding my understanding of the same-sex marriage legislation (SB 6239) in the State of Washington, the subsequent R-74 referendum and whether we would have a petition at the church for collecting... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2012 at Provocations
Jesus brings courage to the discouraged. This was the core message from yesterday's sermon. I thought I would follow up with some practical pointers. Here a a few things I have found helpful in dealing with discouragement: 1) Identify what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Provocations
Wow! I just realized how long it has been since I posted anything on my blog. As I reviewed my page I also realized I had not updated my reading list for the year. I have added a few from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at Provocations
How do you respond when your plans (that you knew were God-honoring) are changed by forces beyond your control? I had the privilege to meet with the 11 campus Pastor's from Community Bible Church on day four of my visit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at Provocations
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I write this morning with the sound of a thunderstorm rolling through the city. That will likely make my wife jealous since, surprisingly, one of the things she misses about growing up in Memphis are the thunderstorms (minus the tornadoes).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at Provocations
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Imagine a city with a with an estimated population at around 21,295,000. Imagine 7 out of 10 of them being under the age of 25. Imagine a high school of 42,000 kids. Welcome to the mission field of Greg Lyons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at Provocations
It was early in Jesus ministry. He had been rejected at Nazareth. Elsewhere as he taught and healed people crowds began to follow him. He called his first disciples which brought its own unique challenges. Then in Luke 5: 15-16... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2011 at Provocations
Meditation is a practice that many have associated with eastern, non-christian religion. However, meditation has a rich Christian heritage that is rooted in Scripture. J.I. Packer has defined meditation from a christian perspective as follows, "Meditation is the activity of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Provocations
Over the years of practicing and teaching the use of the acronym ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) I have found that people have difficulty distinguishing adoration from thanksgiving. This has also been something I have noticed in the worship songs... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at Provocations
E.M. Bounds is one of the best known writers on prayer. Reflect on his thoughts about devotion and prayer: "The very essence of prayer is the spirit of devotion. Without devotion prayer is an empty form, a vain round of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at Provocations
This past Sunday at Snohomish Community Church I spoke on prayer from Ephesians 6:18-20. We see Paul calling the Ephesian believers to prayer. He begins with a general call to pray at all times. He then narrows the call to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at Provocations
I remember a number of years ago teaching a men's group at our Church. Later that week I met with the Senior Pastor to review my message. He asked a simple question: "Why should these men have listened to you?"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at Provocations
Michael Duduit the Editor of Preaching Magazine posted these thoughts on the Preaching Now e-publication from kids concerning love and marriage and I had to share them. Some solid wisdom here: How do you decide who to marry? You got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at Provocations
In reading a section from Luther's Table Talk I came across the following description of those who do not practice and teach "true divinity": "They follow their own opinions, and what with their five senses they are able to comprehend."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Provocations
During my recent vacation to Florida I began reading through Psalm 119 as part of my time alone with God. I have copied here some of the reflections from my journal: As in the previous verses, the delight in God's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Provocations
During my recent vacation to Florida I began reading through Psalm 119 as part of my time alone with God. I have copied here some of the reflections from my journal. I sit on the beach at Carillon as the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Provocations
What do you think about the following quotation. In case you do not know the source, I will link to the article in a later post: "Women will not be equal until the sexes have interchangeable roles, interchangeable jobs, interchangeable... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Provocations
OK. After posting the recent Snohomish Community Church Survey, I was asked about the results from last Spring's survey. Since the results were not published church-wide, I will post some highlights here. These were used in leadership discussions and planning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Provocations
We recently conducted a congregational survey at Snohomish Community Church. It was helpful as we seek to address our crowded second service on Sunday morning. I thought I would post the results here for those interested. First, let me say... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Provocations
When we face times in our lives when God seems to be silent what will be our response? Will we question the goodness? Will we question even his existence of God? Martin Luther offered in alternative in what he called... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Provocations
You can not be connected to twitter and blog posts over the weekend to have not picked up on the Rob Bell controversy regarding his new soon to be released book Love Wins. In fact, it made it on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Provocations
I wish someone would have told us (Shari and her husband, John), that we both would need a support system greater than just each other… via www.poopedpastors.com I thought I would pass this link along from from Shari Thomas. It... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 23, 2010 at Provocations