People Say the Darndest Things

Part 4. People say the darndest things — sometimes to preachers. This continues a blog series on some of those things that have been said to me over the years. Here’s one: “What do I have to be thankful for?” When life hits you hard, I actually understand asking this question. It’s difficult...

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People Say the Darndest Things

Part 3. People say the darndest things — sometimes to preachers. This continues a blog series on some of those things that have been said to me over the years. Here’s one:The Bible is a book of fairy tales. A couple of years ago, I was playing “Draw Something” with a young...

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People Say the Darndest Things

Part 2. People say the darndest things — sometimes to preachers. This continues a blog series on some of those things that have been said to me over the years. Here’s one: “I can be good without God.” On the surface, that sounds perfectly reasonable. There are plenty of atheists out there...

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People Say the Darndest Things

Part 1. People say the darndest things — sometimes to preachers. This begins a blog series on some of those things that have been said to me over the years. Here’s one: “I tried prayer, but it didn’t work.” Sitting squarely in the middle of this declaration is the belief that prayer is something purely utilitarian....

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National Week of Repentance Has Begun

The National Week of Repentance, launched by Pastor Michael Anthony, has begun. The movement’s website states that its purpose is to start “a revolution of humility and courage…the “only things that will overcome the arrogance and fear that have become so pervasive in our society.” The closing days of the National Week...

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Bad Theology

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Irma is chugging through the Caribbean, taking aim at Puerto Rico and perhaps hitting Florida this weekend. In the wake of this record-breaking hurricane, there will be 185 mph winds, catastrophic flooding – and bad theology. We heard it after Harvey. Huffpost contributor Christian...

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Dunkirk and the Power of Story

I recently caught Dunkirk, the Christopher Nolan movie that tells the story of the daring rescue of Allied soldiers in the early days of World War II. When Nazi Germany invaded France in May 1940, they began to push English, Belgian and French forces to the sea. The British Expeditionary Force made the decision...

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