Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Paul Simon Songs

Having just finished Robert Hilburn's Paul Simon: The Life, I thought it time to collect my top five (or six) favorite songs from Art Gurfunkel's shorter, and more prolific half.   The songs below are all from Simon's post-Garfunkel career, so no fair asking why...

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#EyeRollers, Week 5 — “Be Perfect, Therefore”

A lot of blood has been shed and even more ink has been spilled trying to make sense of this Sunday's eye roller from Matthew 5:48: Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Well, I don't think I will shed any blood on Sunday, nor do I expect to spill...

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Wouldn’t You Like To Know?

The authors of the bible use incredible restraint. In contrast to our modern culture's tendency towards too much information, the scriptural writers were masters of understatement. Perhaps that's because the process of writing was both expensive and painful in ancient...

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Does What We Do Matter?

I find it helpful to check my own motives from time to time. I say that because I like people to come to church.  And I have more than a few friends from Good Shepherd whom I will text, cajole, and encourage to attend service as the weekend approaches.  In fact, if...

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Eye Rollers, Week 4 — “Turn The Other Cheek”

You don't know how the right word at the right time can make all the difference. I spent much of this week in Austin (as you know if  you read yesterday's post) and while there of course spent some time internalizing this Sunday's message. Then on Wednesday I needed...

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#TBT — Where I First Sensed A Call To #UMC Ministry

On Wednesday, as I wound up my three day visit with my mom in Austin (Betty Davis, age 102), I stopped by this church down the hill from where she lives. It's actually the place where I first sensed that maybe I was supposed to be a pastor and even more specifically,...

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Flannery O’Connor & The Source Of Inspiration

This might be my favorite graphic ever. Favorite author articulating a treasured belief.  Inspiration to write, create, build, or achieve never arrives in your life. It instead emerges from the hard work you're doing when it comes to writing, creating, building, or...

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