My Red Dirt Road

Every time my wife travels to and works for a few days in Dallas, the city where I grew up, I think of this song by Brooks & Dunn:I didn't grow up on red dirt road.But I have enough memories and nostalgia to realize that it has life on both ends.

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Baptism Celebration — Photo Recap

If you were there, you know how the Baptism Celebration pulsated with joy and euphoria.If you weren't there . . . well, we're going to do it again.And here's what it looked like:First of all, we had about 200 people show up, some (55) to be baptized, others to...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Aerosmith Songs

More than any other major rock band, Aerosmith owes its success to hip hop music.Huh?After a stellar run in the late 70s, Aerosmith limped into the 1980s boozed up, drugged out, and on rock & roll life support.  Then in 1986, Run-DMC did a remake of Walk This...

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Wash Me! Finale — The Second Wash

We've played this video every week during the Wash Me! series:It has a) given me time to roll my little table to the middle of the platform! and b) served as a weekly reminder that we are looking together at God's power to wash us thoroughly, to cleanse us completely...

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Some Thin Lines

I've been noticing some awfully thin lines recently.Like there are thin lines between:Spiritual passion and mental instability.Doctrinal purity and judgmental hypocrisy.Social justice ministry and works without faith. National / Regional pride and idolatry.Attention...

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Bring The Shout Back

If you Google the words "Shouting Methodist," you'll discover that the phrase is not an oxymoron.Instead, you'll read these words in the first article:One name commonly applied to early nineteenth century Methodists was "shouting Methodists" - a name Methodists were...

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Wash Me! Week 5 — Wash Them, Too, Please

We've all had relationships that are toxic, haven't we?Romantic relationships. Family relationships. Work relationships. Even church relationships.  Those connections that seem to bring out the worst in us.  And sometimes we bring out the worst in them.Kind...

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Translate The Cause

One of the best things I have learned in recent months is the concept of translating the cause.I gleaned these ideas from our friends at Newell & Associates and their High Impact Volunteer Training.It's not quantum physics, but it is a way of inviting people into...

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