We Do Not Know How to Pray07/22/14
The National Day of Prayer is recognized in Columbia, Tennessee, where I serve First Presbyterian Church as pastor; and so, thanks to the Kiwanis Club, I was invited to join a group of religious and civic leaders to pray on the steps of the...
Brandon Perkins: Lord, I'm Out Here on Your Word (FTE Series #3)
The year is 1940. Hitler has begun his quest towards trying to conquer Europe and systematically eliminate the Jews. Stalin is squarely poised to spread his brand of communism throughout Western Europe and Asia. Apartheid is God in South Africa. Ghana...
Looking for Christmas?
I remember the first time I really thought about Christmas outside of that relatively narrow window between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. I was around eight years old, and it was sometime in August. Those of us who grew up with TV commercials in the...
Dr. Fred Craddock - Interview with Peter Wallace
One of America's best known preachers and teachers of preachers, Dr. Fred Craddock, talks with Day1 host Peter Wallace about the art and science of preaching. This is the complete audio podcast version of the video interview that premiered at the 2008...
We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do!
I may not remember everything about my high school days, but I do remember the cheerleaders and several of their spirited yells. One of their yells was, "Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar, all for LaGrange, stand up and holler!" And whenever our...
Dr. Fred Craddock on Advent, Part 4: God Is With Us
We're honored to present this special Advent series by one of America's most beloved preachers, the Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock. This series is taken with permission from his "Sermons Preached at Cherry Log" CD set. In this audio sermon for the fourth...
Dr. Fred Craddock on Advent, Part 3: No Wind, No Fire, and God
We're honored to present this special Advent series by one of America's most beloved preachers, the Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock. This series is taken with permission from his "Sermons Preached at Cherry Log" CD set. In this audio sermon for the third...
Well, with Christmas nearly here, there is probably not one among us whose thoughts don't stray towards Bethlehem with real longing. Do you want to go to Bethlehem? Well, getting there hasn't always been easy. Back in the 1980's when I first started...
Dr. Fred Craddock on Advent, Part 2: Wind, Fire, and God
We're honored to present this special Advent series by one of America's most beloved preachers, the Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock. This series is taken with permission from his "Sermons Preached at Cherry Log" CD set. In this audio sermon for the second...
Dr. Fred Craddock on Advent, Part 1: Only God Knows
Well-known preacher Dr. Fred Craddock guides us through Advent with a series of sermons taken with permission from Sermons Preached at Cherry Log: Recorded Live at Cherry Log Christian Church. For more information on CDs of sermons and lectures by Dr....
Deliverance and Deli Meat
Moses slams his letter of resignation on the desk and hands over the keys to the world's largest station wagon. A foldout map of the Promised Land falls on the ground, but he's happy to leave this family vacation in the dust. "These aren't even my...
Following Jesus Is for Losers
Being a follower is not something we encourage in America. No college commencement speaker has ever congratulated the graduates on becoming the "followers of tomorrow." Nobody makes sweeping biographical history films about great world followers....
When the Roof Crumbles
Tom Long, the professor of preaching at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, mourns a trend that he has seen in preaching. We are given a Bible, inherit a faith full of stories in which the blind are given sight, in which slaves are freed from...
Cleanliness or Godliness
I've spent many summer days at my Aunt Briddie's house. Aunt Briddie is my father's oldest sister. She and her husband, Uncle Hubbert, enjoyed entertaining, so many summers when some of the extended family would come into town, we would gather at...
A friend of mine who left the church as an adolescent and never returned traces his disillusionment to several incidents, including a memorable discussion about the Lord's Supper in his confirmation class. He asked his teacher how the sacrament was...
A few years ago pollster George Barna conducted a national survey asking simply, "What is the phrase you most long to hear?" The overwhelming answer was rather predictable: "I love you." In a solid second place was "I forgive you," also not...
Sharing in the Life of Jesus
It must have been an amazing sight, thousands gathered, listening, learning, all of a sudden hungry. It must have been an amazing sight, disciples asked to "care for those gathered," and all that they could come up with was a little boy with five...
Chris de Vinck remembers how his daughter, Karen, learned to ride her bicycle alone: "We began in the early fall," he said. "Karen and I. I took her training wheels off, but she insisted that I grasp the handlebar and the seat as we walked around the...
Our Vast and Loving God
In 1952, British Scripture scholar and translator J.B. Phillips wrote a book with the provocative title Your God is Too Small. He said: "The trouble with many people today is that they have not found a God big enough for modern needs." (NY: Macmillan...
An Invitation You Will Not Want to Refuse
"Come away to a place where there are no cell phones, your iPad will not work, a place where you can rest and be recharged." An attractive sounding invitation in the midst of our fast-paced, over-scheduled, information-filled days. Our busyness seems...
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