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Hand Bells? At Willow Creek? Huh?

Willow Creek Community Church, on the heels of its annual Global Leadership Summit, featured Dr. Henry Cloud as the speaker for its weekend services on Saturday and Sunday.  So far, so good.  No big whoop. Willow Creek Community Church, for … Continue reading

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Worship at Its Core

One of the true privileges of my job in the Center for Worship in the Performing Arts at Judson University is helping to train young people who will serve the Church as worship leaders.  Seeing how their knowledge expands, by God’s … Continue reading

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Of Rainbows and Patience

Below is the final of seven devotionals I was asked to write for a group of Judson University students heading to India for a three-week May term missions trip several years back.  I used a rainbow as a metaphor for … Continue reading

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Why Do Christians Routinely Hide behind Masks?

Earlier this summer, I began posting devotionals I had written a few years back at the request of the leaders of a team of Judson University students traveling to India for a short-term missions project.  The theme of the trip was the … Continue reading

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What Does the SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage Mean for Worship Leaders?

It has been interesting to see the hoopla in the aftermath of last week’s Supreme Court ruling affirming gay marriage as a civil right.  There have been astounding responses on both sides of the issue.  In particular, who knew so many evangelical … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Charleston

In place of the usual this week, and in light of the horrible shooting incident in Charleston last week, I offer the following prayer from my friend, Pastor Ian Simkins, lead pastor of Poplar Creek Church in Bartlett, Ill.  As … Continue reading

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“Money Is Evil . . .”

You’ve heard the sermons, too.  You’ve heard preachers say that in the gospels Jesus speaks more about wealth, money, and how we handle it all than He does just about every other subject.  “We live in the wealthiest nation in the … Continue reading

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