Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Songs About America

It's Fourth of July week, which can only mean one thing: flags are everywhere.Which of course brings up another vital issue for Top Five Tuesday: what are the five best songs of the rock era that either deal with America or have American in the name?Great question!So...

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Singing On A Sunday

On most Sunday mornings, I don't sing.Not because I'm a jerk or a skeptic or even tone deaf.But because I want to protect my voice.If I'm going to preach three times on a Sunday and then usually do some teaching on Sunday night,  it's going to take a lot of...

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Methodists, Light Bulbs, Directed Giving & Naming Rights

There is an old joke in Methodist circles that goes like this:Question: How many Methodists does it take to change a light bulb?Answer:  You can't change that light bulb!  My daddy gave it to the church!And that is why, following the lead of some churches we...

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Help Me Understand . . .

For some time, I have had a question for those of you who stand to my theological left when it comes to the issue of homosexual intimacy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church.I don't ask it to be flip or sarcastic but out of a genuine desire to see...

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De-Weirding The Holy Spirit

When it comes to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the Apostle's Creed spends a lot of time talking about the Father and the Son and relatively little in speaking about the Holy Spirit.In fact, it's:  I believe in the Holy Spirit.  And that's it.Which...

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Grass Court Tennis, The What Ifs, & Church Leadership

So it's Wimbledon next week. It will be hard to stay at work when there's grass court tennis going on. Back in the day, grass courts suited my game better than any other surface. Grass courts tennis rewards hard serves and aggressive play, both of which...

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Gospel Balance

In any given day, I'm called on to make a number of decisions.Usually, those decisions are strategic in nature: how best to align the staff, how most effectively to extend our influence, how to maximize the impact of our facilities.Sometimes I find those decisions...

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