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February 16th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


A recent UK-wide survey of 2,000 families with children below 14 years of age—conducted by CensusWide—revealed an interesting fact: On average those kids were spending 23 hours a week on smartphones and similar gadgets (3:18 hours a day)—twice as much time they spend conversing with their parents—12 hours a week (1:43 hours a day)!

This comes after England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, issued a warning to parents to take control of their child’s…   Read more →


February 9th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


“Soothing Your Heart and Feeling Connected: A New Experimental Paradigm to Study the Benefits of Self-Compassion” in Clinical Psychological Science, by researchers from University of Exeter, University of Oxford (U.K.). and Otto-von-Guericke University (Germany), was remarkable article that came out recently.

Thinking kind thoughts has tangible health benefits, apparently.

The researchers studied 135 healthy subjects in various groups. Those who were first instructed…   Read more →


February 2nd, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Nowadays, my patients already know who I am, where I went to school, my Dallas Seminary affiliation, and a host of other factoids about me, even before they enter my exam room.

It’s the age of the internet, after all.

Reviews, credentials, ethnicity—everything about every doctor is freely available somewhere online.

And one would suspect that all of these data are somehow important in improving the health of patients.

Bedside manner? Well, it’s nice to have a physician…   Read more →

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Kill the Big Idea?

December 26th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 14

Kill the Big Idea?

And, again, for those interested in a different—and somewhat provocative!—approach to preaching, check out my article in the recent issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society:

 “Time to Kill the Big Idea? A Fresh Look at Preaching”

(JETS 61.4 [2018]: 825–46)

As always, comments welcomed!

PS: Here’s what one kind and generous soul (whom I cited in the paper as a Big Idea proponent) had to say about it:

It has been popular among a large number…   Read more →

Homiletics & Hermeneutics

December 11th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 4

Homiletics <em>&</em> Hermeneutics

For those interested in a debate on preaching, here goes:

Homiletics and Hermeneutics: Four Views on Preaching Today (Baker), edited by Scott Gibson and Matthew Kim (both of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), just came out in December 2018. 

Your faithful blogger had the privilege of presenting one of those four views and commenting on each of the other three views produced, respectively, by:

Bryan…   Read more →

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

August 13th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 2

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

Quick note …


I am preaching at Stonebriar Community Church, north of Dallas, in Frisco, on August 19 and 26 (9:00 am and 10:45 am).


[For other speaking events, see here.]

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    • February 19−21, 2019 William E. Conger Lectures on Biblical Preaching, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama
    • March 31, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • May 5, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 9, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 17, 2019 DTS Preaching Refresher, The Compass Church, Wheaton, Illinois
    • June 23, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 30, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 14 and 21, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • September 24, 2019 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
    • October 23, 2019 Shepherds 360 Conference, Cary, North Carolina
    • November 2020 Guest Lectureship, Singapore Bible College, Singapore
    • April 8−10, 2021 Preaching Summit, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas

Past Speaking Engagements

    • January 27, 2019 Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia
    • January 7–9, 2019 Guest Lectureship, Evangelical Theological College, Bengaluru, India
    • October 28, 2018 GracePoint Church, Coppell, Texas
    • October 16−18, 2018 Lyman Stewart Lectures, Talbot Seminary, La Mirada, California
    • September 22, 2018 DTS Preaching Refresher, Dallas Theological Seminary Houston Campus, Houston, Texas
    • August 19 and 26, 2018 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
    • July 22, 29, August 5, and 12, 2018 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 8, 2018 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • April 10, 2018 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
    • March 5, 2018 Preaching Conference, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

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