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When Gil Rendle speaks, I listen. He’s been a pastor, author and consultant. Now retired, his work has inspired me and given voice to much of what I see and feel is happening in congregations. He “gets it,” in a way that too many experts do not. His book, “Doing the Math of Mission,” ought […] Read More

Billions of dollars are spent annually on vehicle technology that drivers never use. J.D. Power and Associates released a report last week about technology use in cars, explaining that today’s luxury cars are packed to overflowing with every connected gadget automakers can dream up. Yet car owners aren’t using much of the new technology, for […] Read More

This summer, at a brief retreat along the Hudson River about an hour north of New York City, I rediscovered a forgotten prayer by Anselm of Canterbury, a 12th-century guide to matters of the heart and spirit. The prayer begins:  O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Ark., on September 23, 2012. Mark 9:30-37 30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Pastor, January 1, 2012. Psalm 148 1 Praise the Lord!   Praise the Lord from the heavens;    praise him in the heights! 2 Praise him, all his angels;    praise him, all his host! 3 Praise him, sun and moon;    praise him, all you shining stars! 4 Praise […] Read More

Betting On God

A sermon delivered by Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Ark., on September 26, 2010. Jeremiah 32:1-15            Imagine that your nation was under attack and your capitol was besieged by an invading army.  You believe that your nation should surrender rather than attempt to fight the invaders.  You even say so.  So you […] Read More

This sermon was delivered by Wendell L. Griffen, pastor of NewMillenniumChurch in Little Rock, Ark, on January 24 2010. Luke 4:14-21             Luke 4:14-21is essential reading for anyone who desires to understand Jesus because it records what Jesus said he understood his purpose to be in life.  This is not a commentary statement by Paul, […] Read More

Fame

Sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, pastor of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, A.R., on July 19 2009. Jeremiah 23:1-6; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 They didn’t even have the opportunity to eat, they were so busy with the demands of the people. Jesus and his disciples are at the highest peak of their popularity, and because of it […] Read More

Source of Strength

Sermon delivered by Keith Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, M.O., on Feb. 8, 2009. Mark 1:29-39 Mark’s gospel is fast paced. It’s quick and as readers trying to keep our eyes on Jesus, we must stay alert. So it is in this reading. As best we can tell, today’s text is […] Read More