The Danger Of Familiarity

One of the dangers of being a long-time Christian is that you begin to think you know what a particular section of the bible is about -- since you've read it so many times -- before you sit down to encounter it once again. Case in point: Romans 6-8. For many years,...

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Consistency & Crisis

During my time in pastoral ministry, I have become relatively comfortable and effective at dealing with people who are in crisis mode.Not perfect by any stretch.  But by and large I have been able to be a “non-anxious” presence in people’s lives when they are faced...

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“Comeback,” Week 1 — “The Rules Of Re-Entry”

Down for the count. Back against the wall. Throw in the towel. All over but the crying. Left for dead. However you phrase it, that’s how many of us have been feeling over the last few months. We’ve been knocked down and sent out and now more than ever we need to know...

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WHY We Do WHAT We Do

Some time ago, I received an email from a friend at Good Shepherd.  My friend is in recovery from alcoholism, so that is a frequent subject of our conversations together, and he knows how much joy I get from his journey to sobriety. Here's part of his email: I wanted...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Reasons I ALWAYS Root For SMU

This past weekend was a good weekend for SMU sports.  First, their football team beat the University of North Texas (um, formerly called North Texas State University) 65-35. Second, their graduate Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Open golf tournament. My delight with...

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