To make true contact is to touch the real thing, to treasure the flower more than the picture of the flower, the person more than the memory, the actual moment more than potential moments. It is to outrun mirages, disrupt illusions, and expose forgeries.

Preaching is meant by God to do this rare thing.

         Zack Eswine

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A seven-part video series

The Joy of an Ordinary Life, Pt. 1

Its Saturday afternoon. The preaching is coming and the sermon is still in progress. Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 is my text for tomorrow. I've had an hour to think about the intro.  Here is where I'm at so far: (I'm joining you in prayer as you prepare too!) Introduction: If...

The Joy of an Ordinary Life, Pt. 2

The preaching tomorrow concerns Ecclesiastes 9:7-10. This is where I'm at so far on the basic outline. It's Saturday and I know many of you are in the midst of preparing. May He meet you and encourage you for His glory and for His people! Outline: 1. God has already...

When Meanness Gets the Best of Us

"Love is Kind" I Corinthians 13:4 Using meanness to advance the gospel is a contradiction. Songwriter Taylor Swift asks her young generation, "Why You Gotta Be So Mean?" Online Memorial Sites wrestle with how to filter online comments designed to comfort the bereaved...

Noticing God’s Humdrum Visits

What if I don't see God because I wouldn't know how to recognize him if I did? Visitations in the Humdrum We play "Where is Waldo" sometimes. Waldo hides in his red and white striped cap and shirt on book pages crowded with other noisy characters, busy scenes, and...

Small Potatoes

"Them's Small potatoes," my people used to say, by which they meant to impress upon me that the thing I was making a commotion about wasn't worth all of the fuss. The saying holds true. Sometimes the thing that overwhelms has no more matter to it than a bag of small...

When There’s No Room for Error: A Drive Through Story

I rested my hope on the drive through dinner. Trying to Fit it all in It was Wednesday night. The perfect storm of activity formed and swirled through our evening schedule. Youth groups pulled up into our driveway to the barn on our rented property. Friends in...

Racial Learning: A Pastor Humbled in Community

I hurt my friend. I did not mean to. I would not have known it without his help. He is black. I am white. We are men. Both of us are husbands and fathers. His brown eyes and my blue eyes both require the aid that glasses provide. Our community, mine and his, possesses...

Racial Learning: “Walk the Three Seconds”

"You are trying too hard." My African American friend said this for my benefit. His eyes conveyed his love me as he spoke the words. "What do you mean?" I asked. I meant the question. I was surprised by his words and wanted to hear what he thought. "You don't need to...

How to Pray God’s Promises

Praying God’s promises sounds something like this. (1) Speak the promise to God. “Lord you say that you are near to the brokenhearted.” (2) Find yourself in the promise. “Lord, I am brokenhearted  . . .” (3) Apply the promise: This means that you have...
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