Max Lucado draws crowd to Trinity on the Hill

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Before he spoke a word of his Sunday sermon, Max Lucado received a standing ovation at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church.

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Max Lucado speaks at the Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. More than 1,500 people came to hear Lucado preach at two of the Sunday services. His sermon was titled, "What Happens When Grace Happens?"  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Max Lucado speaks at the Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. More than 1,500 people came to hear Lucado preach at two of the Sunday services. His sermon was titled, "What Happens When Grace Happens?"

More than 1,500 people came to hear the pastor and author preach at the two Sunday morning services of the church, off Monte Sano Avenue.

During the Sunday school hour, Lucado sat in a stuffed arm chair to read one of his more than 50 books to the children, who gathered at his feet.

His daughter, Andrea Lucado, sang a duet with the church’s Katy Boatman.

The girls, who both work in book publishing, are roommates in Nashville, Tenn., and were the catalyst for Lucado’s visit.

Before Sunday, the two had only sung together once.

The Rev. Dan Brown, the pastor of Trinity on the Hill, kept his introduction short to give Lucado more time to preach.

“He’s the real deal. He really is,” Brown said of Lucado, who was named America’s Pastor by Christianity Today in 2004. “What he has is the grace indwelling in him that he shares with others.”

Grace was the theme of Lucado’s sermon, titled “What Happens When Grace Happens?” Lucado read from John 8 and mixed in self-deprecating humor and anecdotes from his home church, Oak Hills in San Antonio, while teaching.

John 8 tells the story of an adulterous woman, who, according to the law of Moses, should be stoned.

Instead, Jesus says he does not condemn her and tells her accusers, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.”

“He comes between the accusers and the accused,” Lucado said.

“He speaks for you, just as he spoke for that woman. He offers unending intercession for you. Everything he did for the woman, he does for you.”

Sunday wasn’t Lucado’s first visit to Augusta.

About 10 years ago, golfer Scott Simpson invited him to the Masters Tournament. The pastor caddied for Simpson during the Par-3 Contest that week.

“He didn’t have to ask me twice,” Lucado said with a laugh.

Both around town and at the church, Lucado said he was grateful for the warm welcome he’s received.

“If I ever do a series of messages on hospitality,” he said, “I’m going to come to Trinity on the Hill to study.”

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HaveAHeart
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HaveAHeart 10/30/11 - 04:39 pm
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Why, why, why do we hear of

Why, why, why do we hear of this after the fact? Would have loved to be able to attend!

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Willow Bailey 10/30/11 - 06:46 pm
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What you said, HaveAHeart!

What you said, HaveAHeart!

Jason Wermers
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Jason Wermers 10/30/11 - 07:20 pm
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Editor's Note: We were asked

Editor's Note: We were asked by the church not to publicize this beforehand for crowd control purposes.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/30/11 - 10:17 pm
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Hey, come on, it was

Hey, come on, it was published in Saturday's print edition.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/31/11 - 07:36 am
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If I counted correctly, the

If I counted correctly, the above article has 24 sentences split up into 18 paragraphs. It would look and read better if the sentences on the same topic were grouped into paragraphs.

For example, there are three sentences in three paragraphs about the "girls" Katy Boatman and Andrea Lucado. These three sentences should be grouped into one paragraph. By the way, the "girls" are over 18, thus they should be referred to as women.

The last two paragraphs about hospitality should be grouped into one paragraph.

And the three paragraphs beginning with "Sunday" and ending with "laugh" should be grouped into one paragraph.

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Riverman1 10/31/11 - 08:03 am
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LL, I can see you enjoyed the

LL, I can see you enjoyed the article. Heh.

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Kelly Jasper 10/31/11 - 08:25 am
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Little Lamb, we did put a

Little Lamb, we did put a brief into Saturday's paper (hey, thanks for reading Your Faith!).

The church asked us not to publicize the event, but then late last week they changed their mind and asked that some notice be given. Thus the brief. For anyone not able to make it, Trinity does broadcast services for its TV ministry, so you might be able to catch a recording or request a copy.

And thanks for the feedback on story structure. This is one of the ways that writing for print differs from online. What looks choppy here is actually easier to read in print's column format.

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