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“Three lessons from the Apostle Paul to help us unload the overload”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 118 Today I bring you a reflection on renewing our inner world based on chapter 9 of the book “Unloading the Overload: Stress management for Christians” by Chris Powell and Graham Barker. Do you ever feel overloaded? Are you feeling it right now? Is it having a positive or negative effect on your […]

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“How Preaching Builds the Christian Community”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 186 I’m reading “Preaching and Preachers” by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In the second chapter he makes the claim that part of preaching’s effectiveness is its unique role as a shared learning experience. He attacks the misguided notion that individual learning can replace corporate learning. Let’s examine this topic today. He writes: “Cannot all you […]

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“Beatitudes series: Summary of the beatitudes”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 117 In this series we are immersing ourselves in the beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-12.  We’re trying to figure out what each beatitude means for us practically and how that affects our relationship with God, and in particular, our times of quiet with God. The reason this is on my mind is because […]

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“The purpose of preaching is to remove ignorance”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 185 I’m reading “Preaching and Preachers” by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In the second chapter he makes the claim that preaching’s aim is to replace ignorance with knowledge. How does that fit with your view of preaching’s purpose? I include teaching with preaching in this regard. Let’s examine this topic today. It’s undoubtedly the case […]

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“Beatitudes series: the persecuted receive reward”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 116 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in […]

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“How to deliver a meaningful ‘sermunion'”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 184 The ‘sermunion’ has become more and more popular. In case you are unfamiliar with the phenomenon, it involves combining the sermon and communion. Most commonly ending with a prayer before taking bread and wine. I would guess that we do something like this once a month or so in the […]

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“Beatitudes series: the peacemakers are God’s children”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 115 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9 NIV11) What does it mean that peacemakers are children of God? And how is this connected to the kingdom of heaven? In this series we are immersing ourselves in the beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-12. We’re trying to figure […]

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“The case against sermon-centric Sundays”

Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 183 This week I read an article in Premier Christianity magazine with the title, “The case against Sermon-centric Sundays”. To quote from the subtitle, “Skye Jethani explains why digital technology is disrupting our 500 year old emphasis on lengthy Sunday sermons”. Skye reviews the way in which technology has historically influenced […]

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“Beatitudes series: Pure people see God”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 114 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NIV11) What does it mean that the pure hearted will see God? And how is this connected to the kingdom of heaven? In this series we are immersing ourselves in the beatitudes – Matthew 5:5:3-12.  We’re trying to figure […]

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“Beatitudes series: the merciful receive mercy”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 113. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7 NIV11) What does it mean that the merciful will be shown mercy? And how is this connected to the kingdom of heaven? In this series we are immersing ourselves in the beatitudes – Matthew 5:5:3-12.  We’re trying to figure out […]