Mish And Mash

A mish mash. A hodgepodge. A random sampling of thoughts, insights, and realizations; rarely connected but hopefully helpful: My life significantly improved when I changed to daily wear contact lenses.  Yes, they are more expensive, but on the other hand I may never...

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Talent Scout?

In early 2000, I signed my then-seven-year-old son Riley up for tennis lessons at the Charlotte Tennis Academy near SouthPark.  The director was (and is) a very fine guy named Bill Schillings, whom I had known from his days on the Penn State tennis team. This was part...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Soft Rock Songs

A couple of weeks ago, I dedicated this space to my five favorite hard rock songs of all time. You can read that post here. But who am I to limit my musical exploration to power chords and incendiary riffs? What about the easier, softer side of rock?  Soft rock? Since...

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“… But I Know Better”

More and more I observe with great sadness that the fundamental posture of the human species is "but I know better." It's true both in the larger culture and in the more intimate confines of the local church. It's true of those who have tried Christianity and found it...

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Talking To Think, Pre-Marital Counseling, and The Truth

Not long ago, I was meeting with a very nice young couple and beginning the process of pre-marital counseling. And during our initial conversation, the subject of the role faith would play in their marriage came up.  As you would expect it would, given that I am a...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Times I’ve Wept In A Movie

Books, music, and sports find their way into these Tuesday lists more often than movies. But I have to admit: every so often, a movie -- or, more accurately, a scene within a movie -- hits me in such a way that the floodgates open and the tears fall.  Sometimes the...

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Now THIS Is The Romans Road

Many of you are familiar with the Romans Road, a collection of verses from that signature New Testament book designed to lead people on the “road” to salvation. It starts out with our Problem from Romans 3:23:       For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of...

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God’s Plan … Or God’s Design

Some of you know that I have been hosting a LifeGroup full of Under 25s this spring.  We've used Andy Stanley's Starting Point as a launching pad to talk about life, faith, grief, and hope. And a recurring question we've addressed is this:  what is God's plan for my...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Hard Rock Songs

So what's the difference between a hard rock song and a heavy metal song? I'm not really sure what are the technical distinctions; I just know that I enjoy much hard rock and dismiss virtually all heavy metal. So here are my five favorite almost head bangers ... songs...

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