“Brave” Begins!

Brave One thing is certain: we live in uncertain times. On the inside, our nation is sharply divided along political, religious, and ideological lines.  On the outside, wars and rumors of wars form the drumbeat of the nightly news.  Outrage is the currency...

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The Massively Small

One day awhile back, I took one of our staffers along for a pastoral visit with a family in the early stages of grief. As some of you know, it's the kind of work that I find challening but invigorating. On the drive back to the church, my Good Shepherd colleague and I...

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A Podcast On The Chip & Gary Tennis Show

Chip Hooper and Gary Plock were All-American college tennis players at the Universities of Arkansas and Texas back in the 1970s. I had heard of both, knew neither, but was aware they were really good players. Through the miracle of social media Gary has befriended me....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reflections On Easter 2019

They really do never get old. Easter Sundays, that is. I suppose this is my 29th of them in full time ministry. I doubt any one of them has been THE BEST EVER, but without the sum of them, I'm sure my soul would have starved. This Easter, these five moments stick with...

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Me, Enneagram, And A Three

A lot of you know that the Enneagram personality inventory has become quite a phenomenon in recent years, especially among emerging generations. So, after having people tell me that I'm a "Five" or a "One" over the last several months, I decided to take the plunge and...

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