Praying When You’re Not Praying

My most powerful times of prayer have not come when I was praying.Instead, they've come in the middle of counseling sessions.I've had a number of counseling situations arise which were obviously beyond my capabilities or wisdom.So with my eyes still open and with my...

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The Cosmic Christ

My favorite verses in Scripture are those that describe the reality of the incarnation of God in Christ.The concept is such that human language is frankly inadequate to describe its power and beauty.Nevertheless, the New Testament authors do a remarkable job of...

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Proudness, Part 2

I posted a few weeks ago about our daughter's graduation from college. Well, it's been a full, transitional month. We spent a couple of days and nights last week celebrating Riley's graduation from Charlotte Christian School. He's brought us a lot of joy and pride...

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A Tale Of Two Series

A year ago at this time (May of 2010), Good Shepherd was knee deep into the hoopla of a series called The Office. Taking a cue from the hit television show, we explored office morality and ethics from a biblical perspective.Because of the strong cultural connections...

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Preaching Lesson From A Politician

I heard portions of Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress yesterday.I have to say, it was stunning. I pulled over in my car and began writing as much of it down as I could.Even if you disagree with Netanyahu's politics and its implications,you...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Trends In Methodism

The United Methodist Church is in a season of asking hard questions.It is wrestling with a perfect storm of crises: 1) membership loss in the U.S. from 11 million in 1968 to approximately eight million today; 2) dwindling financial resources at the denominational...

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A State Champion

Last year at about this time, I posted with some sadness, regret, and anger about a state championship title that was denied my son Riley and his relay teammates at Charlotte Christian School due to a "wardrobe malfunction." You can read about that day here. Well, as...

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JesusTweets, Week 4 — The Satellite Tweet

So what in the world (or what "out" of the world) does a satellite orbiting planet Earth have to do with a JesusTweet?Quite a lot, as it turns out.And I can't wait to tell you about it.The answer will be different than you expect.Sunday.8:30. 10. 11:30.

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Self-Control

In reading through the letters of Paul and Peter, I continue to be surprised by his emphasis on one of the least glamorous aspects of the Christian life: self-control.For example . . . " ... so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control" (I...

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