40 Years Ago Today

On July 20, 1969, I was seven years old and watched the moon landing and moon walk at my Aunt Florence's house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.What do I remember?Flying from Dallas to Fort Lauderdale with my mother on an Eastern Air Lines flight and eating a corned beef...

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Lunch At Wimbledon

Ever since I entered full-time ministry in 1990, I've missed Breakfast At Wimbledon. The Men's Final always starts at 9 a.m. Eastern time on the concluding Sunday of the tournament. Tennis fans are supposed to eat strawberries and watch tennis.And I'm at work at that...

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Novel Novels

I am always reading something. And while I like biographies, sports books, and occasionally even religious books, good novels remain my favorites.I like both "popular" novels that you read while sitting on the beach, and the more "serious" works about which you would...

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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

No, it's not Christmas.It's Wimbledon, which starts today.The image to the right is of Centre Court, the most famous venue in all of tennis.This year, they have added a retractable roof to Centre Court, making rain delays into a distant memory.What could be better?...

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Quarter Century

The picture on the right comes from June 9, 1984.So today marks the 25th wedding anniversary for me and for Julie.Some reflections from that day 25 years ago:1. It was hot. 100 degrees hot. In Princeton, New Jersey. And the Princeton University Chapel, where we had...

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Voices Carry

Not too long ago, Rolling Stone magazine had a cover story on the "100 Greatest Singers Of All Time." I won't get near to one hundred, but I thought I'd share some of my favorite voices of all time. And all these below are in addition to four of my favorite, those...

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Charlotte’s Best

In an unbiased survey of my own mind, here are some of "Charlotte's best":For Charlotte's best steak, click here.Charlotte's best tennis teacher, click here.Charlotte's best independent school, click here.Charlotte's best place to buy a brand new used car, click...

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The Concert We Missed . . . And Some We Haven’t

This past Saturday night, we had tickets to see Bruce Springsteen up in Greensboro.It was all set up to be perfect: the tickets were given to us, I wasn't preaching on Sunday so I could stay out a bit later than usual on Saturday, and we like Springsteen a lot.But...

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Wedding In Blowing Rock

Not ours, mind you. But last weekend, I did something I don't think I've ever done except for immediate family: an out-of-town wedding. Some friends/church members got married in Blowing Rock, NC, and I was only too glad to take Julie with me, make the hike up NC Rt....

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Fame Dropping

Every so often in my 47 years, I have had brushes with the famous and the infamous. So here's a brief tour. (Please note: there is virtually no spiritual content on this post. No Methodism, no church leadership, no nothing. Just fame dropping.)I shook George...

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