Me–I’m just glad to be here

When I went to summer camp as a kid, there was guy who spent his summers off from teaching and coaching kids in East Texas serving as a program director teaching and coaching kids in Arkansas. One of his duties was to get on the loud speaker every morning and give the wake up call and announcements. He ended every morning with, "The sun is shining (even if it was raining), ...

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Easter 2015–He’ll Meet You There

Easter 2015 We come here on Easter Sunday with bluegrass music playing, and Alleluias being unearthed and everybody all dressed up to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. New Life. Second Chances. Kingdom glimpses. But the very first Easter morning wasn’t anything like this. There was nothing to celebrate. Jesus was dead. Gone. Buried. His last words were “It is finished” and everyone took Him at His word. The only comfort ...

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Do Christians Get to Choose who to Serve?

In Arkansas, HB1228 is about to hit our governor's desk to be signed in to law. Should he sign it, it would allow people and businesses to refuse to serve others based on "sincerely held religious beliefs." There are many things that I believe are wrong with this bill (it has a slope so slippery, you could slide from here to the gulf coast on it), but what is so surprising ...

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Everybody gets to hold the Baby Jesus

I do know that it is Lent and not Advent. But someone just reminded me of what I said this past Christmas Eve, and so I thought I'd repost--with a few minor updates. My friend Robert is a pastor who also teaches a Bible course at a local university. This year, when they were talking about Luke 2, he gave his class a primer on shepherds and how they weren’t nearly ...

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Seeking Salvation

John 3:14-21 Are you saved? Of course the answer anyone asking that question wants to hear is “yes!” Or maybe they don’t. Maybe the kind of people who ask other people that question are just dying to hear a “no” so that they can be the ones to turn it in to a “yes.” Several of my friends always answers that question with “2000 years ago.” A few others always say, “over and over ...

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Less Junk, Less Trash Day whatever-it-is now

I've been doing the bag-a-day Lent thing for several years now, but adding the complementary discipline of trying to create less trash has turned the whole thing up a notch.  You begin to see the correlation between the stuff you bring in to your life and how the stuff starts to snowball. Here are some of my growing edges in the less-trash effort: Forgetting my own bags when shopping somewhere other than the grocery ...

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Seeking a Purpose

Mark 8:31-38 You probably have to be at least as old as I am to remember this, but those of you who are, hark back to 1981 when The Greatest American Hero premiered on television. It starred William Katt, Connie Selleca and Robert Culp. It was the show where Michael Pare made his debut before hitting it big with the cult classic Eddie and the Cruisers. That gives you an idea ...

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Less Trash, Less Junk Day Five

Yesterday I cleared out two bags--the discipline says one a day, but I have to double up some days because Spring Break always falls in the middle of Lent, and we are generally out of town for part of it. Took an overflowing bag of magazines to the recycle bin and tossed a load of trash from our everything-that-doesn't-belong-somewhere-else room. I didn't even come close to keeping my trash within the ...

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How and Where Does One Find a Deserted Place?

Mark 1:29-39 In these 11 short verses in the first chapter of Mark, Jesus has a lot going on. He’s healed Simon’s mother-in-law, then before the day is over, he’s healing all sorts of people and casting out demons right and left. The next day he goes out preaching to folks and casting out even more demons. He is a busy man who has many people making many demands on his ...

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