Competition, Comparison, Futility

From the ages of 8-18, I had one goal in life: to become the number one tennis player my age in the state of Texas.The good news is that it actually happened. After a string of second place finishes, I finally won it all when I was 17. I liked it well enough that I...

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A Responsive Reading You Probably Won’t See

In many of the more liturgical churches, responsive readings are a key element in the Sunday worship flow.Often found in the back of the hymnal book, responsive readings typically take sections of Scripture, divide them into parts for the "Leader" to read followed by...

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But For The Grace Of God, Week 3: Grace Invaders

It's not often that we change a planned ending at the last minute.But we did this week.I believe our concluding time will be an ideal fit with all that has come before it. Not only that comes before it this Sunday, but all that's come before it throughout the But For...

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Linsanity, Identity, And Christianity

Michael Luo of the New York Times writes a provocative piece on Jeremy Lin, Harvard graduate, Asian-American follower of Jesus, and current New York Knicks phenomenon.Last weekend, I was driving home when my BlackBerry buzzed with a text message from a Korean-American...

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Up From Cynicism

Over the past year or so, I've slowly but surely emerged out of a fog of cynicism.I went through a season where I was so frustrated with the actions of people who described themselves as mature Christians that I almost threw out the notion of mature Christianity...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Times Sports Have Made Me Sad

Last week in the wake of Julie's post-Super Bowl euphoria, I posted about the top five times sports have made me genuinely happy.Today, it's the opposite side of that coin.What are those times when sports results have made me genuinely sad? When instead of tears of...

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A Pleasant Surprise

Every once in awhile, something happens in Sunday morning worship that I didn't even know was planned.Yesterday was one of those occasions.Our music set was decidedly "chill": acoustic instrumentation, worship-leading choir, Chris Macedo leading it all from the...

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Grace, Week 2: We HAVE Been There 10,000 Years

But For The Grace Of God got off to a terrific start last Sunday with well over 100 adults, teens, and children receiving God's grace in a decisive way for the first time. We sharpened our focused, adjusted our methods, and deepened our trust.And I believe this week...

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The Value Of A Men’s Life Group Bible Study

I'm in the third week of leading a Sunday night Men's Life Group Bible Study.We're doing a very good curriculum together called Invititation To Genesis, one of the best offerings by the Methodist Publishing House.Some of the guys in the group are veterans of bible...

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