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Jan 2015

Somethin's Burnin'

Do you remember the old knock, knock joke about a banana?
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Banana.
Banana who?
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Banana.
Banana who?
And that setup repeats at least 5-6 times before you get to the punch line.
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn’t say banana again?
Even as a kid, I knew the punch line wasn’t funny. The funny part of that joke is the obnoxiously long set up that seems to go on and on and on until you are almost ready to fill your ears full of cheese whiz just to make the noise stop.
But since I trust by now you all don’t show up to church to hear me preach without something to stuff in your ears and tune me out already, then allow me to tell you another joke with the same obnoxiously long setup. And this, friends, is the abridged version of the setup.
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Faith Never Came Easy

I’ve never been a part of a faith tradition that regularly practiced altar calls, and I’m kind of thankful for that as a preacher. I think it would be an awfully big temptation to judge every sermon I preached based on how many people responded on any particular Sunday. Were 3 people or 30 people moved enough by that sermon to get up out of the pews and walk forward?
Which is why I really want to know what on earth it is that Jonah preached to the king of Ninevah that was so earth-shattering, so transformational, that the king called for the entire nation to walk around the streets in sackcloth and ashes. What was in his sermon that prompted the entire town to respond to the altar call. `Most preachers I know, we feel lucky when less than 50% of the congregation falls asleep during the message. Read More...
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