Horses, Sneetches and People

Lipizzaner horses are known for their aerobatic skills and disciplined performances. Their coats are thick dazzling white, but they are not born that way. Lipizzaner horses are actually black at birth. As they grow, their coats gradually...

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The Power of Hospitality

This Sunday's sermon has been a challenging yet exciting one to prepare. I have spent lots of hours reading and researching, along with interviewing people, and still feel I need many more weeks to be ready. While I have felt that privilege is a...

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My Faith Heritage

Driving in Winston-Salem a few hours ago, I got to thinking about my Easter experiences as a teenager. Though I was active in my Methodist Church, I played in a Moravian brass band at a friend's church. Easter was a very special day, or should I...

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The Lord Has Need of It

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus entered Jerusalem as a king. He was buried as a criminal by the end of the week. The events took everyone by surprise, except Jesus. He knew what was ahead and even...

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Sacrifice vs. Offering

This Sunday we are thinking about service. Jesus identified himself as a servant who came for that very reason, to serve. This is our example. But if serving others isn’t real appealing to us, imagine what it was like in Jesus’ day...

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The Power of Presence

I am completing the manuscript for a book on Martin Luther. I begin the chapter on Luther's period of refuge at Wartburg Castle with this story...   Early in my ministry I worked as an associate pastor under a seasoned veteran senior...

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Doing Right Things

Years ago I heard a speaker define the difference between management and leadership this way: doing things right versus doing the right things. Whether you agree with their decision or not we saw the international chain, Dick's Sporting Goods...

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The Lesson of the Wagon Train

In her book, Keeping the Sabbath Wholly, Marva Dawn tells a story from the pioneer days about a wagon train traveling from St. Louis to Oregon. The members were devout Christians and followed the practice of observing the Sabbath and not...

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The Effort Before Climbing

In my entire ministry I have never had a start to Lent like this one. First of all, Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine's Day for the first time since 1945. That alone made it unique, but then I went to the gym for a quick exercise before...

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On Eagles' Wings?

The good guys won the Super Bowl last Sunday and this article proves it! Okay, that was a bit over the top even for me, but there have been some interesting articles about the faith of the Eagles' team this season. (Interestingly the head coach...

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