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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Why Church Is More Funeral Home Than Chiropractic Office

Most of us view church as analogous to a weekly trip to the chiropractor.What happens in a chiropractor's office?The patient assumes the ready position, the doctor places his or her hands in just the right place, and WHOOSH!  A quick movement, a sharp sensation,...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Game Shows

Did you know there is now a Game Show Network?  All game shows, all the time.Which, of course, gets me thinking:  what are my top five favorite game shows of all time?Here they are: a tribute to that uniquely American contribution to the human condition, the...

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Wash Me! Week Four — The Shame Wash

We've all felt this way.Alone, isolated, and ashamed.Occasionally, shame is what we volunteer for.More often, it's what we are victims.However you get there, it's not designed to be a long stay.I believe that as we continue the Wash Me! series, God will do some...

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My Brother The Mayor

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on Facebook how my brother Harvey was running for Mayor of Hays, Texas.Well, the election was last Saturday, May 10 AND HE WON.36-24.A win is a win.  Out of my mother's four sons, one is an elected judge in Louisiana and the other is...

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