Mad People Disease, Week 3 — Detecting Deflection

Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" is one of the most famous plays in NFL history.  Here's the clip, complete with audio by the late Curt Gowdy, whose distinctive voice I still miss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMuUBZ_DAeM   The pass was intended for...

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Who Is The Guy With The John Wesley Bobblehead?

This rather improbable picture was taken at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville.     As I mentioned in Tuesday's post, I spent several days last week in Middle Tennessee at the New Room Conference.  While there, I wanted to visit with the...

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Pre-Emptive Confession

Have you noticed how everyone is sorry for their sin . . . after they get caught? The repentance gear seems to kick in once the light exposes the dark places of people’s lives. Jimmy Swaggart’s tears, Mark Sanford’s press conference, and Ted Haggard’s apology all come...

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Is Monogamy Obsolete?

In its Question Everything issue, TIME magazine asked Andy Stanley, "is monogamy obsolete?" Here's his answer: Cassette tapes are obsolete. Monogamy is more like an endangered species. Rare. Valuable. Something to be fed and protected. Perhaps an armed guard should be...

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I Am 12 Again

For my 12th birthday, my father sprung one of his best surprises ever on me and bought me Paul Simon's There Goes Rhymin' Simon. The summer before that birthday, he and I had driven from Dallas, Texas to Knoxville, Tennessee for a tennis tournament (the National Boys'...

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