Left Leaning

I'm leaning left these days.Politics? On occasion, but not as a matter of course.Theology and doctrine? Extremely rare.Behind the steering wheel? No, my car is in excellent alignment.Instead, I'm leaning left because I've got a nasty case of bicep tendonitis in my...

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Quarter Century Plus One

Today, Julie and I celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary.I posted my reflections on our 25th here. Twenty-six obviously doesn't have the same ring of nostalgia and accomplishment behind it as does twenty-five. It's not named after a precious gem and we won't be...

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Prayer & Touch

We had our monthly healing service on Monday night, and I continue to marvel at the delicate balance between prayer and touch.The bible contains many references to the "laying on of hands" -- and the practice is typically associated with ordination to ministry,...

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Text And ConTXT Box Score

This is how I like church to go. In the morning, we launched Text Message, a series about the nature and scope of the bible.Then to supplement the Sunday morning teaching, we offered the first of our ConTXT seminars on Sunday night.As Sunday morning rolled around, we...

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Text Message & ConTXT

God sent us a text message.We should probably read it.How's that for a series goal?To get people to read the bible.Not exactly a new concept.But I'm excited how we are going to go about it.I'm especially excited about our Sunday night seminars designed to supplement...

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Something That’s Worked

A lot of what we try around here doesn't work. I could write a book on all that, I suppose.But every once in awhile, we stumble on something that does work. Through a combination of a good idea, focused efforts, and the hand of God, some of our ministries really come...

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When PastorSpeak Comes Home

During seminary, I received training in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). By placing seminarians in institutional settings -- in my case, the cardiac unit of Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY -- CPE prepares clergy to engage in meaningful ministry with people...

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Top Five Tuesday — Most Beautiful Shots In Tennis

In honor of The French Open, today's Top Five Tuesday involves tennis.And since the French Open happens in Paris, I thought it appropriate to focus on the beauty inherent in the game. So: the top five most beautiful shots in tennis. The list is highly subjective, of...

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The Office, Week Five: Whatever It Takes

Ethics.Morality.Honesty.Courage.Integrity.Compromise.Or no compromise.Do any of these have any place in the workplace? If so, how? And what in the world does a story about three guys thrown into a blazing hot furnace have to do with any of it?As The Office winds up,...

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Glenn Beck, LDS, and Liberty University

As a practicing member of the LDS (Mormon) Church, Glenn Beck believes:That the angel Moroni appeared to 17-year-old Joseph Smith in 1823 and told him of golden plates that would contain "the fullness of the everlasting gospel."That Smith dug the plates up four years...

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