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Unaged!

October 19th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Unaged!

Last week, RaMbLeS was on aging.

This week, I’m going to let you in on the secret of preventing said process.

Nope, not with Botox, liposuction, fillers, or any such thing.

Here’s the real scoop. It is … [wait for it] … a quieter brain without too much activity in its nerves.

So saith a scientifically dense paper in Nature titled “Regulation of Lifespan by Neural Excitation and REST,” by a bunch of assorted biologists, mostly from Harvard Medical School.

We all…   Read more →

Aged!

October 12th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0

Aged!

A few weeks ago, a woman got tired of aging. Like many of us.

Time flies. Things change. People age. And the clock ticks on, inexorably, irreversibly, incessantly. We might be unconscious of the fact, unmindful and unaware, but life is running out for each of us.

The old brain with its weary synapses isn’t pushing those neurotransmitters fast enough. Cholesterol rises. Waistlines expand. Joints creak. Eyes squint. Etc.

We are getting old. And so thought that lady in Sugarland,…   Read more →

Flesh

October 5th, 2019| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2

Flesh

Sagittarius A* (aka Sgr A*; pronounced “Sagittarius-A-Star”) has been the focal point for astronomers for many decades. That entity is a huge black hole (“supermassive black hole”) somewhere in the center of our own galaxy, close the Sagittarius constellation, 26,000 light years away.

[Black holes are areas that have such a strong gravitational force that nothing escapes from them, not particle, not even light.]

Of late, Sgr A* has been consuming far more than usual…   Read more →

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New Book: A Manual for Preaching!

October 1st, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 6

New Book: <em>A Manual for Preaching</em>!

Folks, my latest opus on preaching is out: A Manual for Preaching: The Journey from Text to Sermon (Baker, 2019).

This is intended to be a companion volume to A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry (Baker, 2015). The latter was a big-picture view of preaching; the former, current work, explains the nitty-gritty of crafting a sermon.

And since my “vision for preaching” is fairly broad, you don’t have to be a senior pastor somewhere,…   Read more →

Genesis 44:1–45:28

September 3rd, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Genesis | 0

Genesis 44:1–45:28

Self-sacrificial solidarity with the suffering, recognizing God’s overriding sovereignty, promotes divine blessing.

This section describes the remainder of the events on that fateful second trip to Egypt made by Joseph and his brothers. Benjamin had been brought along. Joseph, still incognito to his brothers, invites them to a grand feast and everything appears to be fine and dandy, at least till they get ready to return to Canaan.

Then comes the test that will reveal…   Read more →

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

August 6th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 0

Preaching @ Stonebriar Community Church

Quick note …

I am preaching at Stonebriar Community Church, north of Dallas, in Frisco, on August 11 and 18 (9:00 am and 10:45 am).

[For other speaking events, see here.]

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    • November 21, 2019 Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
    • March 10–11, 2020 Mullins Lectures, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
    • April 1–2, 2020 Craddock Lectures in Preaching, Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • July 2020 Dallas Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Course, São Paulo, Brazil
    • July 20, 2020 Dallas Theological Seminary Preaching Refresher, Burke Community Church, Burke, Virginia
    • November 2020 Guest Lectureship, Singapore Bible College, Singapore
    • November 2020 Seminars in Preaching, SAGOS and Yan Fook Seminary, Hong Kong, China
    • April 8−10, 2021 Preaching Summit, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas

Past Speaking Engagements

    • September 24, 2019 Chafer Chapel, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
    • August 11 and 18, 2019 Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, Texas
    • July 28, 2019 Cityview Bible Church, Round Rock, Texas
    • July 14 and 21, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 8, 9, and 11, 2019 E. K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference, Dallas, Texas
    • June 30, 2019 Dallas Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 23, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • June 17, 2019 Dallas Theological Seminary Preaching Refresher, The Compass Church, Wheaton, Illinois
    • June 9, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • May 5, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • March 31, 2019 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • February 19−21, 2019 William E. Conger Lectures on Biblical Preaching, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama
    • 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

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