A Wilderness People in the Promised Land09/16/14
The wilderness experience for the Hebrew children represents a troubling place. It is hostile terrain, and the basic necessities for survival are not present. There is a growing crisis that grows out of a fear of perishing. For Israel the wilderness...
Forgiving from Your Heart
One of the important parts of my life and work involves ministry with police officers. In recent years, this work involves a 3-day conference held twice each year in my state that seeks to provide encouragement, help, and healing for police officers...
From Enmity to Community
Perhaps you have heard the story about the man who was stranded all alone, shipwrecked on a desert island. He had been there for a number of months, trying to survive, hoping some ship would sail close enough and notice him and rescue him. Eventually...
Trusting Your Experience
I want to suggest today that one of the most essential dimensions to the life of faith is finding a way to trust our personal experiences. We may not be able to trust them absolutely, because sometimes what we think or feel or even believe can be...
The Energy That Is Christ
Our Bible reading today from the Gospel of Matthew suggests that Jesus was taking a step-back moment in his life and ministry. A pause. A time of evaluation. He had been traveling with the disciples. Teaching. Listening. Reaching out to people. A...
The Table Scrap Feast
What do you do with table scraps? It's a serious question these days. Think about those fruit peelings, the half-eaten broccoli, the dropped macaroni, the cut-off bread crusts. All of it goes straight into the garbage, wasted. I am certainly guilty of...
Walking on Water
It is the kind of comment you hear in any shopping mall: 'You go on ahead: I'll catch up with you later.' But in this case it was different. These were the words of Jesus and he was sending his disciples off across the Sea of Galilee in a boat. 'You...
For Such a Time as This
It was her beauty that you first noticed. So young. So exotic. So striking. Easily intrigued by her, you want to know more. She trusted few, kept her secrets close, and relied on only one for advice and guidance. She struggled to do the right thing...
We Do Not Know How to Pray
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....
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