Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Coaches

Joe Paterno's death this past Sunday got me thinking about coaches and coaching (which is probably better than a lot of the other things you could think about JoePa, Penn State, and football culture over the last couple of months).In my time as a tennis player, I had...

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Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, And . . . Paul Simon?

I have recently posted on my fondness for Paul Simon's music.So my eyebrows got raised when I saw this in Saturday's Charlotte Observer:Paul Simon's meandering spiritual journeyBy Kim LawtonReligion & Ethics NewsWeeklyBy Kim Lawton Posted: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012Paul...

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Text Message Theology

The other night I received a series of text messages from my 19 year old son Riley, a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill.Riley: What verses dominate Calvinism? (Meaning, what verses best answer or refute Calvinism.)Dad: I Timothy 2:3-4 and 2 Peter 3:9Riley: And how do you...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Tennis Books

In honor of this year's Australian Open, I'm devoting this week's Top Five list to tennis, the sport that will not let me go.And to books, the pastime that sometimes consumes me.Books about tennis have ranged from the avant garde -- The Inner Game Of Tennis by Timothy...

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The Spiritual By-Pass

One of my friends who is quite open with me about his journey out of addiction and into recovery told me of a phrase the recovery community uses:The Spiritual By-PassWhat is that? It's the desire on the part of many addicts to receive ONE prayer, ONE pill, or ONE...

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Movie Night At Good Shepherd

Since the Delivered series is all about the book of Exodus, we wanted to give the entire church family a way to experience Moses' story to a greater extent than is possible on Sunday mornings.So: movie night.My first idea was the Charlton Heston classic, The Ten...

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Pastoral Calls

On occasion, I give phone calls to people I haven't seen around church in awhile.My responses to their reponses have me a bit conflicted.If they respond to my "hey, I've missed seeing you and want to make sure everything is OK" with "oh, sorry, I've just gotten out of...

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A Morning Of Learning

Yesterday, a number of us from staff drove up to Myers Park United Methodist Church to hear a presentation by Ben Witherington, a Professor of New Testament at Asbury Seminary.Dr. Witherington is the most widely published and well known member of the Asbury faculty....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Dinners

A lot of you know that my wife Julie has a good job in the medical field. She travels, she sells, she manages, and she motivates.And yet when she's home she cooks. Very well. These days, just for the two of us.So here are my Top Five Dinners. If you are reading this...

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