No Longer Slaves Launches

Did you know that over the last decade the people of Good Shepherd have given more than $700,000 to fight human trafficking?

Did you know the more people are in slavery around the world today than at any other time in human history?

Did you know that the scourge of sex trafficking of under-age boys and girls is alive and well in the Carolinas? read more

#TBT — Family Graduation, 1968

This is from either the Dallas Morning News or the Dallas Times-Herald (RIP) in the spring of 1968.

My mother received her Master’s, my brother-in-law received his J.D., my brother received his B.A., and on my second attempt got my K. (For reasons that remain murky to me, I dropped out of my first effort at kindergarten.) read more

The Dangers Of Memorizing A Bible Verse

Huh?  What could be wrong
with that?  (Usually, nothing.)

Until there is.

Case in point, though is Romans 3:23, which many, many Christians have memorized:  For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  So far, so good.

Except memorizing it that way rips it out of context.  What does 3:22 say?  There is no difference between Jew and Gentile.  THAT’S the main point not only of this section but of the entire letter to the Romans!  So 3:23, while important, isn’t the main point. It substantiates the larger point of how Jew and Gentile alike are under sin and how Jew and Gentile alike have forgiveness from sins through Christ. read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reflections On A Staff Seminary With A Princeton Educated, Gordon-Conwell Teaching Friend

Last week, our Staff Seminary featured Don Fairbairn, the Academic Dean and Professor Of Early Christian Thought at nearby Gordon-Conwell Seminary.

In addition to all that, he is a member of the Princeton University Class of 1985, which means that we overlapped on that campus for three years.

Don and I were in the same ministry group, the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship (PEF) — since re-named the Princeton Christian Fellowship — and so had many of the same circles of friends. Everybody at PEF knew Don was smart and we all figured he was headed for a career teaching theology. Done and done. read more

Thank God For Science, Week 4 — The “Do You Believe In Miracles?” Sermon Rewind

Thank God For Science was such a departure for us.

As Chris Macedo told me, “It’s the LEAST life application and yet the MOST impactful series we’ve ever had.”

I tend to agree.

Yet all good things, as they say, come to an end, and so did this series. Here’s the wrap up, riffing off Al Michaels with “Do You Believe In Miracles?”  A message that lands at this bottom line having less to do with HOW and more to do with WHY: read more

Thank God For Science, Week 4 — “Do You Believe In Miracles?”

The series began with The Wrong Question as we learned together Genesis 1 is not concerned with HOW and WHEN but with WHO and WHY.

Then we looked through the telescope in Do The Math and we realized that a finely tuned universe demands a Fine Tuner.

Last week we gazed through the microscope (and through our navels) and saw that in our DNA the smallest detail reveals the grandest design.   read more

Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

After church on Sunday, a very nice woman from Good Shepherd introduced me to some friends of hers who are new to the church.

And my long-time Good Shepherd friend was so excited. “I used these invite cards y’all passed out for the series,”  she said, referring to the Thank God For Science cards pictured below. “And I invited them and here they are!” read more

English Majoring Forever

As a lot of you know, I majored in English in college.

I feel like it has served me well in ministry and I’m glad that my daughter Taylor has is doing a double major in History and English at hVanderbilt while my son Riley had an English concentration at UNC-Chapel Hill.

One reason I like being an English major is that it never really stops. I am almost always reading one novel or another. Maybe not quite on the order of James Joyce’s Ulysses
like I read in college (or tried to read), but some pretty good ones
nonetheless. Here are some of the most influential novels of my
post-college years as a perpetual English major: read more

Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reflections From A High School AND College Reunion

The highlight of this past weekend was a visit from Evan and Kim Wyly. They live in Dallas, Evan has an ownership interest in the Texas Legends of the NBA’s D League … er, now the G League, and so was in Charlotte for the NBA All Star Weekend Shenanigans.

Evan and I both graduated from Highland Park High School in Dallas in 1980 AND THEN he and I both went up to Princeton University for college. We ran in different circles in high school and then some of the same ones in college (Texans and others Southerners HAD to stick together). We even roomed together one year. read more

Thank God For Science, Week 3 — The “Navel Gazing” Sermon Rewind

So I have a telescope here with me.  Not exactly a high
powered one, of course, but nevertheless a version of that which enables us to
see the intergalactic and interstellar.  And if you were with us last
week, we looked through this and saw the extraordinarily long odds against the
universe being here and functioning.  We should have CHAOS and yet we have
a COSMOS.  All in all, I pray, it helped some of us see that such a finely
tuned, HIGHLY UNLIKELY, universe demands a fine tuner. read more