Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory

After church on Sunday, a very nice woman from Good Shepherd introduced me to some friends of hers who are new to the church. And my long-time Good Shepherd friend was so excited. "I used these invite cards y'all passed out for the series,"  she said, referring to the...

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English Majoring Forever

As a lot of you know, I majored in English in college. I feel like it has served me well in ministry and I’m glad that my daughter Taylor has is doing a double major in History and English at hVanderbilt while my son Riley had an English concentration at UNC-Chapel...

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Thank God For Science, Week 3 — Navel Gazing

In Week One of Thank God For Science, we discovered together that although we ask Genesis 1 "how" and "when," it answers back with "who" and "why." Then last week, we went both interstellar and intergalactic and saw the many ways that a finely tuned universe demands a...

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#TBT — Menendez Brothers, 1985

While cleaning out some of our file cabinets recently, I came across a file containing many of my old Trentonian columns, including this one on a pair of brothers you may have heard of: Erik and Lyle Menendez. Say WHAT?! At the time, the Menendezes lived in Hopewell,...

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Simplify The Message, Multiply The Impact Workshop Starts

Yesterday, sixteen United Methodist clergy from the Western North Carolina Conference began an eight month journey with me into Simplifying The Message And Mulitplying The Impact. This is the second year that I have been able to lead this project and as a lot of you...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Places My Dad Took Me

This past Saturday, Julie and I traveled over to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to join our son Riley and his wife Natalie for the UNC-Miami overtime thriller. Being there as father & son got me remembering some of unique places my dad took me when I was growing up....

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“Thank God For Science,” Week 2 — “Do The Math”

I think every pastor longs for those Sundays when you set the table, sit back, and watch God work. It seems like that's what happened LAST Sunday as we opened up "Thank God For Science" by looking at "The Wrong Question." Many of you were alternately tearful and...

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