The Background Music Of Life

Over the last couple of months, my Men's LifeGroup and I have been reading through the letters of Paul. We all read the same chapter each day -- at least, we're supposed to! -- and then I send an email with some thoughts and guidance on context, history, and genre. If...

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How You Know A Church “Gets” You

A Good Shepherd friend recently took a trip out west and brought this back as a memento for me. It's nice to serve a church filled with people who "get" how you think, talk, and live.

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Top Five Tuesday — A Random List Of GOATS

Sunday's message began and ended with the subject of GOATS -- Greatest Of All Time. I explained that just because Genesis 1 is the GOAT of creation hymns, that doesn't mean it is the GOAT of scientific explanations of the universe's origins. That's not its intent....

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#TBT — Whatever Happened To That Kid?

I think I was in 2nd or 3rd grade when this one was taken. I remember I LOVED that yellow shirt. I remember this has a carefree time.  Until I heard from one of my friends from back in that time, a guy who I hadn't had any contact with in 40 years or so.  He wrote, "I...

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Competition, Comparison, Futility

From the ages of 8-18, I had one goal in life: to become the number one tennis player my age in the state of Texas. The good news is that it actually happened. After a string of second place finishes, I finally won it all when I was 17.  Here's a backhand from that...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Beatles Songs

It's almost sacreligious to say, but I've never been an especially ardent fan of the Beatles.  While I admit that they are by far the most influential and enduring of all rock bands, my personal tastes have leaned more towards the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and...

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“Up In Arms,” Week 4 — “Righteous”

What a journey in Up In Arms. We started out by realizing together that the people who yell the loudest have the most to hide.  Then it was you justify your anger when you can't justify your behavior. Then last week Wayne Hobson brought down the house with a message...

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