Free E-Book: 101 Questions Before You Preach

Hey Folks, Good news. I’ve just finished my new E-Resource, “Preachable: 101 Questions Before You Preach”! If you want a piece of it and you haven’t subscribed through e-mail: 1.) Subscribe through e-mail. 2.) That’s all I’ve got. I’ll be trying to get copies out to all my current subscribers soon (I’ll also be creating […]

Should Pastors Shut-Up About Gay Marriage?

One month ago, in response to a flare up of “equal” signs on my facebook account, I posted an article: “9 Rhetorical Flaws in the Gay Marriage Debate”. I pinpointed the faulty logic. I presented my case accurately. I was right.  But I didn’t feel like a Logic-Warrior. I felt like a playground bully; like […]

A Word I Heard: Ubiquity

Where I heard it: CHRISTOPHER LIVESAY, BYLINE: Even if you haven’t been to Venice, you know what one of the tourists gondolas looks like. With baroque silver ornaments, shiny black lacquer, and sumptuous red seat cushions, they’re unabashedly fancy, not to mention ubiquitous. u·biq·ui·ty [yoo-bik-wi-tee]   noun 1. the state or capacity of being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresence: the ubiquity of magical beliefs. 2. ( initial capital letter  ) Theology . the omnipresence of God or Christ. How to Remember it: Sounds like: […]

Why I’m a Stickler About Preaching Without Notes.

Last week I posted the “George Whitefield” Principle of preaching – “let the Holy Spirit be your security blanket, not your notes.” Apparently, that was pretty polemic. Some people around the web wholeheartedly agreed, some made out that I was being “holier than thou” by equating note-less preaching with being filled with the Spirit. So, briefly […]

A Glimpse of Truth – The Great Gatsby

“I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool… You see, I think everything’s terrible anyhow… And I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 1

The Lazy Way to Read the Old Testament.

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27. With these words Jesus cleans away the grime of history; he re-scrambles the story. He pinpoints a new center, himself, and urges us implicitly to find him in those pages. Finding Christ in […]

A Word I Heard: Parsimony.

Where I heard it: NPR’s marketplace: “No politician ever wanted to shrink government more than Calvin Coolidge. Silent Cal, the quiet Vermonter, was so parsimonious he even saved syllables by using short words.” par·si·mo·ny [pahr-suh-moh-nee]   noun “extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess” How to remember it: Sounds like: “Poor Simon’s knee” as in, “Poor Simon’s knee is broken, by I’m […]

Why Bad Writing is Almost Always Mistaken for Good Writing.

Bad writing is naturally mistaken for good writing. That’s because unlike good writing, bad writing hoards attention. Bad writing brags of the writer’s knowledge, skill, and creativity. Bad writers mistake obtuseness for creativity, and essential clarity for “profundity”. A skilled writer disappears. As a friend recently said, “Good art is like a clear window; it’s […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Le Morte d’Arthur

“This is the oath of a Knight of King Arther’s Round Table and should be for all of us to take to heart. I will develop my life for the greater good. I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth, I will never boast, but cherish humility instead, I will […]