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Exodus 5 Sermon Commentary

Ten Seconds. I once read that this is the amount of time the CEOs of large corporations are encouraged to spend ignoring any subordinate who has the nerve to enter into his boss’s office and request a moment of her time.  How those ten seconds are spent does not matter.  A savvy CEO might shuffle…

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Daniel 1 Sermon Commentary

There was a cheery sign beside the highway that led out of the small Midwestern town where I grew up.  The purpose of the sign was, ostensibly, to thank visitors for coming and to encourage them to return soon.  But according to my high school carpool buddy, Bryan, the sign also served a more important…

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Jonah 1-4 Sermon Commentary

Some years ago, Will Smith played a character named Robert Dean in the movie Enemy of the State.  Dean unwittingly ends up possessing a surveillance tape that a high ranking government official does not want him to have.  This official is not sure who Robert Dean is, or how he ended up with the tape. …

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Mark 8:1-13 Sermon Commentary

As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said: It feels like deja vu, all over again. There are the hungry crowds, stranded in a “remote place” (much too far from the nearest McDonald’s).  There is Jesus and his bleeding heart, ever “compassionate” but also (from the disciples’ point of view, at least) ever impractical.  And…

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James 1:1-18 Sermon Commentary

When was the last time you experienced pure, unrestrained joy? For most of us, “joy” is something that goes hand in hand with the best moments in our lives.  It erupts, unbidden, when everything is going our way.  At the birth of a child.  On our wedding day.  After opening an acceptance letter to our…

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