How John The Evangelist Is Like John The Irving

One of my favorite novelists is John Irving. He's the author of books that are both critically acclaimed and wildly popular, such as The Word According To Garp, A Prayer For Owen Meany, and The Cider House Rules. Most Irving novels blend high hilarity, deep pathos,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Songs From The 90s

This math will be revolutionary to no one, but . . . I realized today that the 90s started a quarter century ago. In some ways, 1990 seems like yesterday -- that's when I began full-time ministry, when Julie and I moved to the Carolinas, when we were in the early days...

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“It Ain’t Over Til The . . . .” Sermon Rewind

  When you're down for the count. When you need a buzzer beater. When you utter a Hail Mary. When you're ready throw in the towel. When that certain lady is warming up her voice. We've all had those situations.  Some people are in the middle of them.  And Psalm...

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A Word from CharlotteONE On Dating, Relationships, And Sex

On Tuesday evening, I went to CharlotteONE, an eclectic gathering of 20s and 30s now meeting at the Visulite Theater in the Elizabeth District near uptown. I serve on CharlotteONE's Board, which means I get to help ensure they stay focused on the three-fold mission: ...

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Expression And Permission

We are hosting a funeral today at Good Shepherd -- another in a run of them recently -- which serves as an occasion to remember the two most important words in designing a service that both honors the dead and comforts the living:  expression and permission. By...

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“The Right Stuff” Sermon Rewind

Things came together calendar-wise for a message that both celebrated American freedom and pointed out that living as a citizen of the Kingdom is not the same as being a citizen of the USA. And it was a sermon based on pronouns.  Or the lack of them. Week 2 of "On The...

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On The Up And Up, Week 2 — “The Right Stuff”

What does an ancient piece of Hebrew poetry like Psalm 122 have to do with the 4th of July weekend in the USA. Quite a lot, actually. And the reason why has everything to do with the pronouns. To see what I mean, it's Sunday.  8:30.  10.  11:30.  ...

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Some Things I Keep Hearing Come Out Of My Own Mouth

I've noticed that I keep hearing the same things come out of my mouth. So I'm not really saying more.  I'm saying the same things in different contexts and in different settings and to different people. Here are a few: And there's two more coming out in September! She...

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