Author Archives: Jeff Block

About Jeff Block

Lover and follower of Jesus, the long awaited King. Husband and father. Writer and seminary student. On a long, difficult, joyful adventure, learning to swim with the current of God's sovereign love and walk with Him in the garden in the cool of the day.

The Night Before Jesus Died

Today is Maundy Thursday, also called Holy- or Covenant Thursday. It is celebrated every Thursday before Easter to commemorate the “maundy” Jesus gave His disciples on that night many centuries ago — the night before Jesus died. What is a “maundy”? … Continue reading

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The Giver Himself is the True Gift

To the Christian, specifically my fellow seminary students… A sermon manuscript on Deuteronomy 8:1-20, prepared for one of my homiletics classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Introduction Have you ever interacted with really spoiled children? I feel like I’m starting to … Continue reading

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[Not] Owning Time: A Lesson in Turning Aside

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God… Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the … Continue reading

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The Spirit’s Carol

A sermon manuscript for Romans 8:1-19, prepared for Life Bridge Community Church (recorded audio | sermon notes) Introduction Well, Merry Christmas, Life Bridge! … and a happy new year. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. One of our family traditions is … Continue reading

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A Kingdom Life of Turning Aside

I’m sitting this morning in a busy Starbucks — one of the places I frequent in the mornings before classes. At the big table, a group of teenagers does more talking about love interests than working on homework. Two middle-aged … Continue reading

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Only the Empty will be Full

A sermon manuscript on Luke 18:9-30, prepared for Life Bridge Community Church (recorded audio | sermon notes) Introduction A few years back, I wanted to put together a special dinner for my wife Faith for her birthday. I had dinner planned, … Continue reading

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Ugandan Shillings For Sale

Just when you thought you’d read the last update about Uganda… But this has become such a comedy of errors that I couldn’t resist sharing. Uganda’s currency is the Ugandan Shilling (UGX). When I visited, the conversion rate was approximately … Continue reading

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