What Makes A Song “Christian”?

I had a conversation not long ago with someone about what makes a song "Christian" . . . or not. You know how I have concluded many people answer that question, consciously or not? If it is released by a Christian music label and gets played on Christian music...

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BrainWashing Launch — “Wrap Your Mind Around THIS”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cxok-EDlKc&feature=youtu.be   You wash your hands. You wash your hair. You wash your skin. But what if all that was secondary in importance to washing your brain? What if the residue that has built up inside our heads after...

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How “Head Scratchers” Is From All Of Good Shepherd

Here I am holding one of the many copies of Head Scratchers that arrived at the office this week. As you might imagine, it's a bit of a surreal experience . . . one that will repeat in September when Abingdon Press releases both The Storm Before The Calm and The...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Best Looking Jump Shots Ever

With basketball dominating the sports landscape these days, I've been thinking about the role of the jump shot.  That perfect combination of size and strength, agility and fluidity, guile and accuracy. And sometimes -- as with Derek Rose's improbable buzzer beating...

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Why I Played Hooky From Church Yesterday

Instead of preaching at Good Shepherd on Sunday, I was at my son Riley's graduation from UNC- Chapel Hill. From left, we are Julie, Taylor (Vanderbilt '11), Riley, and me.   Chapel Hill has a Mother's Day Morning Graduation Tradition (evidently established with...

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Solutionists, Week 5 — The No Name Offense

How would we summarize our journey with Solutionists? Since the bible is a library, Nehemiah is a memoir. Nehemiah the man doesn't point out problems; he pinpoints solutions. When you admit that the solution is the problem, God surrounds you with his promises. Week 2:...

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The Remarkable Specificity Of Answered Prayer

On Monday night, we had our customary Healing Service at Good Shepherd. And as usual, our team of pray-ers gathered 30 minutes ahead of time in the Good Shepherd Prayer Room (a lovely spot adjacent to our Worship Center) to pray up and pair up -- we spend time...

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