Lunch At Wimbledon

Ever since I entered full-time ministry in 1990, I've missed Breakfast At Wimbledon. The Men's Final always starts at 9 a.m. Eastern time on the concluding Sunday of the tournament. Tennis fans are supposed to eat strawberries and watch tennis.And I'm at work at that...

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From unChristian To Christian

Six weeks ago, I admitted in a post that I get more excited over some series than others, and that unChristian was one of those series.Many of you now know why.We spread the teaching around.The music hit the mark.Videos brought home the point.And the people of Good...

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God And Your Body

Psalm 63:1 begins with some familiar words:O God, you are my God,earnestly I seek you;But then there's a twist in the next phrase, a twist that has me thinking:my soul thirst for you,my body longs for you,A body that longs for God? It sounds too physical, too sensual,...

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Marriage Bed

Hebrews 13:4 sounds quaint, almost like a relic in 21st Century life:Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled.Sounds so . . . old, doesn't it? Even that word "undefiled" (also translated as "pure") has an ancient, almost...

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Next Day Delivery

So Julie's birthday was last week. June 28th, to be exact.On Thursday, June 25, I came up with a brainstorm on a series of great gifts for her. I was down a break point in the final set, but I felt like I had come through with a winner. Just in time.So I ordered the...

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When Your Boss Shows Up At Church

The word came to me during the singing of "All Because Of Jesus" at yesterday's 8:30 service: "George is here." Immediately, I got nervous."George," you see, is my boss. In Methodist parlance, he is my District Superintendent -- the pastor/boss to the roughly 50 or so...

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Stop Judging Me!

This is the image that many people have of Christians and of churches. As places full of judging and lacking in grace. As we plunge further into the adventure that is unChristian, this Sunday we'll see what's really behind the judgmental attitudes so many of Jesus'...

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Novel Novels

I am always reading something. And while I like biographies, sports books, and occasionally even religious books, good novels remain my favorites.I like both "popular" novels that you read while sitting on the beach, and the more "serious" works about which you would...

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Cyrus, Pop Music, & Prevenient Grace

Methodists have an interesting term we call prevenient grace.Coined by John Wesley, the founder of the movement in the 1700s that ultimately became the Methodist church, prevenient grace literally meanes "the grace that goes before." God's grace is at work in people's...

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Building Margin

On the edges of every document you produce in Microsoft Word, you select the margins. Both on the sides of the page and on the top & bottom.The wider the margins, obviously, the more space you have on the page. The smaller the margins, the more the page is crammed...

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