Take It Up With God

To all those who complain that the lyrics in modern worship are overly repetitive -- and here's my favorite from that genre, Counting On God-- may I present to you Psalm 136.  From the bible.1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.His love endures...

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Top Five Realities Of Being A Lifelong SMU Football Fan

A lot of you know that because my father taught in the Law School at Southern Methodist University for 31 years AND because I grew up going to every home football game every year, I still have a quasi-irrational attachment to the SMU team.  I didn't go there for...

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Baby Invasion Begins With “The In Utero Leap”

I love this upcoming Christmas Series.I love the title:  Baby Invasion.I love the premise:  people act in strange ways when a baby invades their lives.  Especially the baby whose name was Jesus.And I love the talk that I get to give this coming...

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Scenes From A 99th Birthday Party

How often do you get to attend, much less host, a 99th birthday party?The answer is embedded into the question, isn't it?Here I am with my siblings surrounding my mother, Betty Davis, who turned 99 on Tuesday.  We had a gathering with about 50 of her Austin-area...

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Hidden Heroes Finale — The Sugar Momma Hero

For the final message of the Hidden Heroes series, I left Colossians 4 and went to Romans 16.Why?Some complicated but (I think) ultimately sound reasoning.1.  I knew we needed a "shero" -- after six weeks of male heroes, I felt the church needed to hear about an...

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Hidden Heroes, Week 7 — The Sugar Momma Hero

Yes!  They exist!Not just Sugar Daddies, but Sugar Mamas as well.I've never eaten them (how could I, with all those Nutrageouses?)But Sugar Daddies and Sugar Mamas are more than just candy.  They are providers, patrons, benefactors.And there's one hidden in...

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Wouldn’t You Really Like To Know?

The authors of the bible use incredible restraint.In contrast to our modern culture's tendency towards too much information, the scriptural writers were masters of understatement.Perhaps that's because the process of writing was both expensive and painful in ancient...

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Presidential And Pastoral Dangers

As you can tell from looking at the "Books I Like" column to the right, I recently read Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt & The Home Front In World War II.The book fascinates on many levels, but most especially in its...

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