Massively Small

Each week, I get  reminders that effectiveness in ministry and growth in the Spirit come not in great leaps but in small steps.Rather than pinning my hopes on a "major ministry breakthrough" or a "clear personal word from God," I've learned to enter into a...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five (Or Six) Wimbledon Moments

Some thoughts I shared about Wimbledon in the space before . . .Top Five Tuesday: Top Five Wimbledon Moments I have never been to Wimbledon. Something about sitting in a cold rain in early July doesn't appeal to me.And for the last 24 years, I haven't been able to...

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Head Scratchers, Week 4 — The Unpardonable Sin

When I was in college, I read a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne called "The Unpardonable Sin."It was creepy, melancholy, and thoroughly absorbing.  I even wrote a paper on it in which I identified that the unpardonable sin was a throwaway line tucked at the...

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Does Good Preaching Exhort Or Evoke?

I was speaking with a good friend awhile back about the difference between exhortational preaching and evocative preaching.Exhortational preaching challenges. Urges. Implores. It is filled with phrases like "you should" and "we ought" and "do this" and "consider...

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A Personal Prayer Team

I had dinner last night with six friends from Good Shepherd:Seated:  Chris Myers, Jason Handschumacher, and Erica Handschumacher.Standing:  Me, Nicole Jones, Michelle Scullock, and Mike Thompson.Most of the group had not met one another before we gathered...

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt), Tennis Style

Thirty-five years ago this week -- June 16, 1979 -- I played the best tennis match of my life in winning the Texas State Championship for Boys' 18-and-under.I was 17 and was not favored to beat my 18-year-old opponent in the finals.  But it was one of those rare...

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