A King’s Ransom Week 3 — “King Of The Hill”

This looks like an unlikely place for a king's coronation, doesn't it? And yet in the way Mark tells Jesus' story, that hill far away is exactly where Jesus' kingship was unveiled and unleashed. He was made King Of The Hill ... and declared King On The Hill. What does...

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Confusing PREFERENCE For STRATEGY

In church leadership, it is quite tempting to confuse personal preference for effective church strategy. For example, a few years ago, I could have come up with a different U2 song to go along with virtually every message I gave (these days it would trend more towards...

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Unintended Consequences

When this tennis racket ...   the Original Prince Pro (Green) ... was released in the late 1970s, it was revolutionary. Those of you who played back in that day remember thinking, "that's it.  Tennis will always and forever be played ONLY AT THE NET.  With a big...

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A King’s Ransom, Week 2 — “Fit For A King”

Scripture is a never-ending reservoir of truth, power, and beauty. Here's why I say that today.  I have been reading the bible regularly for 39 years now.  That includes the four Gospel accounts of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. And of those four Gospels, I...

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#TBT — San Antonio, June 16, 1979

Continuing a nostalgia theme for this week's post, here is an article from a San Antonio newspaper (The Light?  The Express?  The Light-Express?) on June 16, 1979: Oh the Jack Kramer racket.  The adidas clothes.  The slice backhand return of serve.  Those days are...

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Half Of 56 Is 28

I realized something with a jolt the other day:  I have been a pastor for over half of my life. I graduated from seminary and started work at Mt. Carmel & Midway United Methodist Churches in Monroe, NC, in 1990 at the age of 28.  I am now 56, so you do the math....

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