Category Archives: sermons

Bystanders vs. spiritual revolutionaries

Too many Christians have been trained to be bystanders and onlookers rather than spiritual revolutionaries. If you look at church as a training center, what is it training Christians to do? Sit and listen. Perhaps pastors need to be coaches … Continue reading

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When sermon-hearers aren’t allowed to make a peep, they easily fall asleep

When people fall asleep in church, instead of asking what church is doing to bore people, we make jokes about it. Church too often gives people this message: “If you don’t like the Sunday morning rap, you can always take … Continue reading

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A meeting of Jesus’ people should be like a mighty waterfall

The “gifts of the Spirit” are really “flows” of the Spirt–not handed to you externally, but flowing from within you. (John 7:38) You can’t grow strong in Christ if you have given a no-go to the Spirit’s inner flow. Jesus said; … Continue reading

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Lone Ranger vs. Lone Lecturer (Hi-yo, sermon!)

On Sunday mornings, in almost all churches, the “Lone Lecturer” rides again. “Hi-yo, sermon! (And if you disagree, you may be asked to leave, pronto!) It’s easy to think, “We do church the right way,” but is God limited to only … Continue reading

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Unconventional thoughts about Palm Sunday, Holy Week, & Easter

Jesus didn’t sit in an office and study all week so He could preach a good sermon. He got out among people and served them. Bob Goff, author of the books, Love Does and Everybody Always, puts it this way: … Continue reading

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Some religious things Billy Graham didn’t do

Billy Graham didn’t go to seminary, but look how God used him. He wasn’t a pastor or an official in a church or denomination, but he sure let God him. Too many church leaders are grasping the throat of the body … Continue reading

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Most Christians have been trained to listen to a preacher, but not trained to listen to the risen Jesus.

When I was growing up in church, I was trained to listen to a preacher, but not trained to listen to the risen Jesus. (If church doesn’t train Christians to listen to and obey the Jesus, who will?) The reality … Continue reading

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