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“You Still Lieutenant Dan”

Today marks the three-year anniversary my wife, Sherri, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Like the proverbial ton of bricks, those words fell on us that afternoon with stunning force. Life changed. “You will need to begin chemotherapy treatment immediately,” the doctor said. “The cancer has spread to your liver.” That was 43 treatments   …Continue Reading


Disconnect: The Strange Case of Steven Hayes

Steven Hayes is in prison in Connecticut. He is an orthodox Jew. Last August, he sued the Department of Correction, alleging the preparation practices for kosher meals in the kitchen at the state’s highest-security prison do not conform to Jewish dietary laws. He says in the lawsuit he has suffered “almost two years of emotional   …Continue Reading


Veterans Day Tribute to Jared

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. Today we honor all men and women who serve or who have served in any branch of the armed forces in the United States. I’ve never served in the military. But my son, Jared, did. I’ll never forget when he came to Sherri and me to tell us how   …Continue Reading


MY 50 QUESTION BIBLE, HISTORY, THEOLOGY, & CULTURE EXAM

I once gave a revised version of this 50 question test to the School of Theology faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to test their overall knowledge in the areas of Bible, history, theology and pop culture. See how well you do! Answers Thursday!   1. What year did the popular TV show “Friends” begin?   …Continue Reading


Should Brittany Maynard Commit Suicide?

Twenty-nine year old Brittany Maynard’s story is heart-rending on several levels. Shortly after her marriage she learned she had terminal brain cancer. Doctors were forthright in their prognosis that she would have about six months to live and that her final days before death would likely be agonizing. Oregon law permits a person with a   …Continue Reading


My Favorite Sermon Illustration for Hebrews 12:1-3 — Cliff Young & the Australian Ultra-marathon

“Let us run with endurance the race set before us . . . .” It’s a grueling 543.7 mile endurance race from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia – the world’s longest and toughest ultra-marathon. In 1983, 150 world-class runners converged on Sydney for the event. On the day of the race, a toothless 61 year old   …Continue Reading


Real Men

UPDATE – Breaking News: News came Wednesday afternoon that Mark Driscoll has resigned as pastor of Mars Hill Church. http://bit.ly/1EZ6yn0.     He stands there sporting a beard, broadsword, Bible, and blood-stained camouflage from his latest kill. He sometimes looks like an Old Testament prophet, William Wallace, and Rambo all rolled into one. He’s a   …Continue Reading


Perspective

NOTE: This post is from my wife, Sherri, who has been fighting stage four cancer for three years. Read it carefully. You will be blessed. Friends, It’s so simple. “Jesus love me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Yet, it’s life changing; it’s more than we can really understand. I’m not sure   …Continue Reading


Gems from SWBTS’ Preaching Workshop on Jonah

On Monday, October 6, the Center for Expository Preaching and the preaching faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted our fall Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop. The topic was “Preaching Jonah.” Drs. Steven Smith, Vern Charette, Matthew McKellar and I each took a chapter of Jonah and talked about how to preach it. The audio of   …Continue Reading


“How I Preach”

Abe Kuruvilla, Professor of Preaching at Dallas Theological Seminary, was kind enough to include me in his interview series “How I Preach” which appears on his website www.homiletix.com. Abe is a consummate homiletician and author of many books, including Privilege the Text: a Theological Hermeneutics for Preaching. I encourage all preachers to get this book   …Continue Reading