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January 12th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Jakarta-bound Sriwijaya Air flight was delayed the other day at Bengkulu in Sumatra, Indonesia.

The reason? Passenger complaints about an overpowering stench.

The culprit: Two tons of the thorny fruit called durian in the cargo hold.

Durian is common in Southeast Asia and distinguished by its strong stink that evokes, usually, disgust. Raw sewage is what it smells like, resulting in it being banished from most hotels and public transportation in that part of the continent.

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January 5th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Wikipedia calls John C. Turmel “a perennial candidate for election in Canada.” He first ran in 1979, with his primary goal to legalize gambling. He got 193 votes. (He lost!)

In about four decades, Turmel has contested 95 elections—yes, ninety-five!—and lost them all, propelling him into the Guinness Book of World Records!

He’s run for everything from city councilor to leader of the Marijuana Party, from Mayor of Ottawa to Member of Parliament, receiving anywhere…   Read more →


December 29th, 2018| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


In the past, i.e., before “The Physics of Baking Good Pizza” was published by researchers from University of Rome Tor Vergarta, Argonne National Laboratory, and Northern Illinois University, in Physics Education this September, you had only one option. If you wanted a perfect pizza, you had to book your ticket to la città eterna, Rome. That was it.

No more.

Now you can simulate that experience in your humble electric oven. At home.

The mouth-watering study by physicists…   Read more →

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Kill the Big Idea?

December 26th, 2018| Topic: aBeLOG | 12

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 had to say about it:

It has been popular among a large number of evangelical preachers to use the concept of the…   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:

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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

    • January 27, 2019 Abilene Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia
    • 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 & 23, 2019 Northwest 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 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 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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