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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.” read more

#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. read more

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. read more

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. read more

“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. read more

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 it has been good for THEM, it has been great for ME: the combination of daily discipline and the fact that I process my thoughts best by writing them has been a real boon to my living relationship with Jesus Christ. read more

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. read more

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. GOAT in one area of life doesn’t mean go to in another area of life. read more