Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things About Having A Son

As I posted last week, my daughter celebrated her 21st birthday on September 2.Well, yesterday my son Riley turned 18.Twenty-one and 18 . . . two major milestones.Anyway, as some of you know I was in the early days unsure about my ability to be a father to a son. I...

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Servolution Week Five: Bring It On Home

No, not the Led Zeppelin song of the same name.Instead, a way of reminding ourselves of the fact that Servolution has everything to do with our closest of relationships.And that servolutionaries need to know and remember when the servolution begins.I think you'll like...

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Twenty-One Years Ago Today . . .

. . . I became a dad.We lived in Georgetown, Kentucky, I was in my last year at Asbury Seminary, and our daughter Taylor Charlotte Davis was born at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.I still remember that she had a head of thick dark hair (like her mom, of...

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The Next Series

Servolution isn't even complete yet, but we are already talking about the next series: Sacred Marriage.Here's a glimpse of how important the series is to me:I love it when the Sunday messages and Pathfinders groups are so tightly connected. For this particular...

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Some Sunday Reflections

Yesterday was notable for a couple of reasons:1. We received new members into the church at both the 8:30 and 10:00 services. That's not unusual -- it happens every six weeks or so. What IS unusual is the fact that one of those new members is a 92 year old man. I had...

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More Friday Night Lights

Last Friday, I posted about my son's first game in his senior season on the football team at Charlotte Christian School.They won that game 14-13 and Riley played extrordinarily well.So we're on it again tonight. I'm learning why parents make such a big deal over high...

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An Afternoon In Court

I spent some of Wednesday afternoon in a federal courtroom in uptown Charlotte.(Sadly, a friend of mine was there for a sentencing hearing.)The hearing was sparsely attended; in fact, aside from the court officials, I was the only one there.Yet as I sat in that...

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Becoming A Persistent Widow

Jesus tells a story in Luke 18:1-8 that most people call "The Parable Of The Persistent Widow":1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Pitfalls Of Pastoral Ministry

After almost 20 years of full-time pastoral ministry, I believe I have a reasonably good understanding of how it works. Or how it doesn't.So what are those things that a pastor needs to avoid if he or she will have both an effective ministry and a vibrant spiritual...

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