#TBT — Cotton Bowl TENNIS CLASSIC 1983

When I was a kid, the week between Christmas and New Year's typically meant the Cotton Bowl. The tennis tournament, not the football game. Huh? That's right.  Dallas was then and is now the host of a holiday-flavored, mostly-indoor tennis tournament.  Back in the day,...

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Occupying Oxygen And Aggravating Listeners

  Considering that I am in the "business" of, um, public speaking, I find myself paying attention to how it is that people speak publicly. And in all that paying attention I have noticed how often we use "nonsense" words ... words that operate  in speech much...

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Christmas Eve At Good Shepherd

Staff and leaders have finished hand delivering hundreds of these candy cane invites to our neighbors on both the Moss Road & Zoar Road campuses. Ever since my earliest days in ministry, I have thought, "why would anyone show up at church if you're not willing to...

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Wisdom From Barclay

William, not Charles. William Barclay is the author of the Daily Study Bible, a classic collection of New Testament commentaries. Though he writes from the perspective of mid-20th century neo-orthodoxy, his reflections on biblical passages often have singular insight....

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If These Walls Could Talk …

I continue to be amazed at the level at which people share with me in counseling. It is a high privilege that people trust me with so much. It is also a deep responsibility. What does that responsibility demand of me in pastoral counseling? Confidentiality -- if...

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The Important And The Urgent

One of my biggest struggles as a pastor is to distinguish between the important and the urgent. Things that are important have more of a long term value: strategic planning, creative brainstorming, sermon writing, staff development and mentoring. All those take time....

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