Unexpected Subject

So yesterday we tackled one of those subjects that churches like us usually avoid: praying in tongues.I tried to "de-weird" something that is inherently, well, weird.As part of the message, I told of my own journey from skepticism about tongues to pursuing it to...

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Prayer In Hi-Def

I got HDTV for Christmas.Once you get that kind of picture quality, it's hard to go back.So I won't.Hi-Def TV is just so clear, sharp, and vivid.What if prayer could be like that? Instead of something you do because you are supposed to, what if prayer could be the...

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Personal Identity

Yesterday was the church's identity. Today is personal.For me, they are closely aligned. Too closely.See, I generally define my self by my accomplishments. Whether through tennis, academics, or church, I am what I've done.The bible calls that . . . works...

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Congregational Identity

In church land, there is a fine line between learning from other churches and copying them shamelessly.Honestly, we sometimes cross that line.There are a number of churches around the country that we follow quite closely. You can see their links under the Churches We...

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When Tennis Stars Cry . . .

. . . I usually do, too.This is Roger Federer in tears after losing to Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open this past Sunday.I'm so glad I didn't see it live.I work on Sunday mornings. And Sunday mornings in the U.S. are Sunday nights in Australia.Federer...

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Without Limit Launch

We launched Without Limit yesterday.The crowds were large, the music was good, and my message was a bit more "raw" than usual.In fact, I had toyed with the idea of delivering a message totally off the cuff -- no preparation at all. But I had concern that I would...

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Without Limit

Without Limit starts on Sunday:It's going to be different. It's going to be daring. It's going to be dangerous.Kind of like the Holy Spirit himself.To make space for the Spirit to be given without any limits, we're having Healing Services every Monday night in...

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Passion & Compassion

I believe good pastoring comes from equal parts passion and compassion.Passion for the gospel. As Paul says in Romans 1:16: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the...

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My Remarkable Mother

Tuesday's edition of the Austin-American Statesman had this article on my mother:AUSTIN AT WORKAt 93, aspiring writer awaits her big break By Ricardo G√°ndaraAMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFFTuesday, January 27, 2009Writers write. They keep at it until they think they have it...

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And I Had A Bad Day . . .

. . . because Gary Williams of the Morning Sports Page on WFNZ radio got a bigger, better job with Sirius/XM radio in New York. This is his last week on the air in Charlotte.For almost ten years, Williams' show has been a staple of my morning routine. In particular,...

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