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On Spiritual Gifts in the Church Today (1 Cor. 12)

I heard that the librarian of one of the greatest libraries in the world remarked: “We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” I have come to learn in my life that it is not that I need more information, … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of a Seminary President: Reflections on Ash Wednesday

Introduction to the ReadingYou have heard the old adage, “I must catch up with the others for I am their leader. Well that is the way that I feel. I sat at my desk yesterday and thought, “Well I am … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Order and Bulletin Sample

Christmas Eve worship is one of the most beautiful and inspiring times in the life of a congregation and in the ministry of a pastor. The service may be seen by the pastor as challenging because everyone knows that you … Continue reading

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Longing to Believe: An Advent Sermon (Genesis 15.1-6; Luke 1.46-55)

Existentialist Jean-Paul Satre may have been speaking for many in today’s world, when he wrote about the human being possessing a desire to be satisfied and fulfilled, but nothing in this world being able to fill the bill. So we … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Christmas: An Unexpected Family (Matthew 1.1-16)

This message was part of a series I called “An Unexpected Christmas.” I offer it here as fodder for faithful pastors who are preparing to feed the flock of Jesus as we move into the Second Sunday in Advent. I pray … Continue reading

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Trusting in the God Who Cares

A Sermon from Exodus 3.7-8; Psalm 145.1-3, 18-21; Luke 1.68, 4.16-21; Hebrews 2.10-14, Delivered at First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN, October 21, 2007   Introduction to the Reading   Today we will read about a part of God’s character that … Continue reading

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Predestination and Missions

The following thoughts come after the 56th Annual World Missions Conference of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. The speakers for this conference were Dr. Hans Beyer, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, and Dr. Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second … Continue reading

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