Category Archives: Pop Culture

Christmas Eve Sermon (DNBA): Do You Wonder? (Matthew 2:1-12) (5 p.m. Wesley)

Do you wander? Do you wonder? J.R.R. Tolkien wrote that “not all who wander are lost.” Think about that for a minute. Are you willing to wander or are you someone who has to know exactly where you’re going and … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today (DNBA – Advent 4): No Longer in the Dark (Luke 2:8-20)

This is the fourth sermon in the DNBA Advent series Think about the worst job you’ve ever had. The dirtiest, nastiest job. I’ll give you my top 2. The first summer after my freshman year, I worked at McDonald’s. I … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today (DNBA – Advent 3): The Other Important Yes (Matthew 1:18-25)

This is the third sermon in the DNBA Advent series. Every year during Advent, I find myself wishing we could unlock the personal journal of Joseph. Not the coat-of-many-colors guy, but the one who became the earthly father of Jesus. Joseph … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today (DNBA- Advent 2): God Chooses You (Luke 1:26-37)

This is the second sermon in the DNBA Advent series. It’s often assumed that I’m a technophile. Based on my age, and the fact that I use a lot of technology compared to many of the people who know me, … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today (DNBA – Advent 1): Don’t Miss Christmas (Luke 1:5-22)

This is the first sermon in the DNBA Advent series.  Do you ever miss the point? Maybe it’s the punchline of a joke, the purpose of a story, the content of the conversation that the other person really wants you to … Continue reading

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The Bible Says What? Saved By Grace… in the OT (Deut. 7-12) #13

The Bible is full of verses to inspire and challenge, but some leave me shaking my head. I can see the complete arc of humanity’s story spread over the course of Genesis to Revelation, but one of the subjects that … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Esther – Courage (Character Counts)

Over the next few weeks during March Madness, the annual single-elimination tournament for college basketball, commentators, coaches, and players will use phrases normally meant for other settings. We’ll hear how teams are “under fire,” how teammates are the type you … Continue reading

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Harlan Coben’s “Fool Me Once”: Secrets are Hard to Keep

In the latest novel by thriller writer Harlan Coben, Maya Burkett struggles with the murders of her husband, Joe, and her sister, Claire. She’s still suffering from PTSD related to her combat experience in the Middle East, and the violence she … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: Nehemiah – Vision (Character Counts)

In the pantheon of the comics, Batman, Superman, and Spiderman reign supreme, with the influx of superhero movies adding others like the X-men, Iron Man, and more to the casual fans’ awareness. But one of my top five characters has … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve: The Church Awakens

It was May 4, 2012. For those of you not in “the know,” that’s the Annual Star Wars Day. But in 2012, it was the release date of the long-awaited Avengers film. The exact time doesn’t matter… But I was minding my … Continue reading

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