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Are Sermons Effective?

Have you ever tested the effectiveness of sermons? I did. I was a brand new pastor in my first church — Mayfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. After finishing three years of seminary, I had been preaching for about … Continue reading

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Is The Denial Of God Anti-Intellectual?

Here is my definition of anti-intellectual:  opposing or indifferent to an intellectual approach; basing an opinion on personal presuppositions and/or emotion, rather than on reason. The rejection of the idea of God is based on an unproven, irrational presupposition — the view … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Spiritual Condition

Perhaps the most dangerous spiritual condition is to sincerely believe that you are saved (right with God) when you are not.  Let me give you an example. Suppose I ship you all the tickets you need to a great event … Continue reading

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The College That Changed My Life

There is a popular book called Colleges That Change Lives. Somehow the college that changed my life — The University of Tennessee Martin — is not in the book. UTM was 50 miles away from my home and the only … Continue reading

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Life Rocks When Religion Becomes Real (Or, Night At The Theological Museum)

In the 2006 movie, Night at the Museum,  a night watchman at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is shocked when the exhibits in the museum come to life.  His once boring job suddenly becomes exciting and challenging.  It is amazing the … Continue reading

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