#TBT — Avon Championships, Dallas, Texas, 1980

This is from a Mixed Doubles exhibition match I played with three other juniors from Dallas during the 1980 Avon Championships at SMU's Moody Coliseum. The Avon tour was the successor to the Virginia Slims and the predecessor of today's WTA tour. I know the other male...

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Ear Writing And How To Do It

What in the world is ear writing?  And why would I give this post that odd title? Well, ear writing is the process of writing with the understanding that what you write will be HEARD more than it will be READ.  Which is the opposite of how most of us were taught to...

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A Spontaneous Sermon Rewind

How do you have a "written" sermon rewind of a sermon that you never wrote? How can you recap a message that had a spontaneous delivery, far from the norm of an internalized message stemming for a carefully prepared manuscript? Well, two friends from social media...

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How Me And The Boss Are Bros

Several years ago, I read Peter Ames Carlin’s biography of Bruce Springsteen. And in reading it, I discovered something I share in common with him. Not guitar talent. Not singing voice. Not ability to write lyrics. Not even time in New Jersey — my seven years pale in...

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#TBT — May 1980 Which Makes It FORTY YEARS AGO

The school was Highland Park High School and our nickname was the Scots. That's why the school newspaper was called The Bagpipe. My best friend was the co-editor our senior year and so maybe he's the one who wrote the caption.  I think I was pretty skillful in...

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Saved By Works

Wait, what? Why would I, a preacher in the Christian, Protestant, Methodist tradition, title a blog post "Saved By Works"? Is not our faith defined this way:"by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by...

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