A Podcast On The Chip & Gary Tennis Show

Chip Hooper and Gary Plock were All-American college tennis players at the Universities of Arkansas and Texas back in the 1970s. I had heard of both, knew neither, but was aware they were really good players. Through the miracle of social media Gary has befriended me....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reflections On Easter 2019

They really do never get old. Easter Sundays, that is. I suppose this is my 29th of them in full time ministry. I doubt any one of them has been THE BEST EVER, but without the sum of them, I'm sure my soul would have starved. This Easter, these five moments stick with...

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Me, Enneagram, And A Three

A lot of you know that the Enneagram personality inventory has become quite a phenomenon in recent years, especially among emerging generations. So, after having people tell me that I'm a "Five" or a "One" over the last several months, I decided to take the plunge and...

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The Connecting Power Of Shared Confession(s)

Several years ago, I attended a worship event where I was surrounded by an eclectic group of 20s and 30s. On several occasions that evening, the primary speaker referred to "our Savior." It's not a novel description of Jesus to be sure, but it nevertheless impacted me...

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From The Tomb To The Womb

Yesterday, I met with a man from Good Shepherd in advance of his baptism we will celebrate on Easter Sunday. And as part of his preparation, we looked at Romans 6:3-5:   3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Tensions In Ministry

Andy Stanley has spoken helpfully about the distinction in church life between tensions to be managed and problems to be solved.   In other words, there are certain dilemmas that pastors and church leaders will simply need to learn to live with because they...

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