Wall Photo Goes International

A few months ago, a friend of mine from church undertook a real labor of love. A professional photographer by trade, he took a shot he called "Smokin' Ace," had it mounted, and gave it to me as a gift.It's pretty spectacular.So now it's on the wall in my office, of...

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Big Cat Week — The Real Must See TV

I was getting ready to study a bit the other night.That's usually how I do some of my best sermon prep.It didn't work this time, though.It's Big Cat Week on Nat Geo TV, and once the show is on, I literally can't take my eyes off it.There is simply nothing like...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Rivalry Games

Thanksgiving Week is also rivalry week in college football.Historically, the best of the conference battles and border wars happen over the next six days: Alabama-Auburn, Texas-Texas A&M, Ohio State-Michigan, and many others.So what are my five favorite through...

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Reflections On Turning 49

So I turned 49 yesterday.Sunday birthdays are always a bit odd for me as a preacher since I'm secretly glad that people know and remember but want to make sure that we don't make too big a deal of it.But here are some interesting nuggets from yesterday . . .A little...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five U2 Songs

I admit it: I'm a fan.I remember first hearing U2 on the Philadelphia station WMMR (93.3 on your dial)in 1984. It seemed like that station played "Bad" every 30 minutes or so.Three things have always stood out for me in U2's music: 1) The sonic power of Bono's voice;...

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Top Five Tuesday — Happy Birthday Brad Stoffel

I always remember that November 2 is Brad Stoffel's birthday.Who is Brad Stoffel and why do I remember his birthday?Brad was my chief rival for the top ranking in Texas tennis between the ages of 12 and 16.And he beat me fifteen times in a row.Most of the time, his...

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Taking One For The Team

Back in June, I bought Julie two tickets for an October 30 Carrie Underwood concert. It was a nice birthday present.The plan was that she would be able to take a friend.Then that friend had her own change of plans.So I was the substitute.Me and Carrie Underwood? Not...

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Two Terms I Never Thought I’d See In The Same Sentence

As a native of Dallas, I never thought I'd read "Texas Rangers" and "World Series" in the same sentence.But now I have.So I'll begin watching the World Series tonight with a bit more interest than usual.Not that I'm a consistent baseball fan or even a loyal Rangers...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Phobias

There are some things about which I have irrational fears.These are the kinds of things that keep me up at night or give that sinking feeling in my stomach if I'm already awake.So here they are:5. That I'll drive up one Sunday and NO ONE will be at church. Of...

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