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January 18th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 2


The other day, one of the most talked-about works of art at the 2019 Art Basel was—get this!—a banana duct-taped to the wall!

The fruit and tape in question were created by Maurizio Cattelan (of the $6-million-2017-golden-toilet fame). Called “The Comedian.” It sold for $120,000. Cattelan made another copy. That sold for $120,000, too. A third was made, and was expected to go for $150,000. More about that in a minute.

Emmanuel Perrotin—the founder of Perrotin,…   Read more →


January 11th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 0


Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, won the $590 million Powerball lottery in 2013. The odds of her winning it was 1 in 175 million.

Robert Williams, a professor of health sciences at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, who studies lotteries, noted:

People just aren’t able to grasp 1 in 175 million. It’s just beyond our experience—we have nothing in our evolutionary history that prepares us or primes us, no intellectual architecture, to try and…   Read more →


January 4th, 2020| Topic: RaMbLeS | 1


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) wrote some remarkable stuff, among them nine symphonies.

Apparently he had also begun working on the Tenth Symphony alongside his magnificent Ninth, with its epochal “Ode to Joy.” But quickly gave up on the former, leaving only a few notes and drafts, scribbling a few notes in notebook before he died, fragmentary sketches for the first movement of his Tenth.

Well, guess what?

Musicologists and computer programmers are working to complete…   Read more →

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Kill the Big Idea?

November 21st, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 24

Kill the Big Idea?

For those interested in a different—and somewhat provocative!—approach to preaching, check out my ARTICLE in a 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)


See Steven D. Mathewson’s RESPONSE to my article in the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society:
“Let the Big Idea Live! A Response to Abraham Kuruvilla”
(JEHS 19.1 [2019]: 33–41)

And here…   Read more →

Ecclesiological Singleness

November 5th, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG, Uncategorized | 0

Ecclesiological Singleness

A quick to note to alert you of an essay I’ve written: “Ecclesiological Singleness.”

That title is my take on celibacy. More about it in the article.

Check it out here …

Comments welcome!

New Book: A Manual for Preaching!

October 1st, 2019| Topic: aBeLOG | 8

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 →

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    • February 6, 2020 Chapel, Criswell College, Dallas, Texas
    • 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 19, 2020 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • July 20, 2020 Dallas Theological Seminary Preaching Refresher, Burke Community Church, Burke, Virginia
    • July 26, August 2 and 9, 2020 Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
    • 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

    • November 21, 2019 Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
    • 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

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