It’s Advent: Anticipate Much

On November 29, my wife and I became grandparents for the first time. When I walked into the hospital to see my daughter cuddling little Charlotte, it was a magical moment, just like it was when all three of our children came into the world. The season of Advent is...

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Can Doubt Ever Be a Good Thing?

“How many of you here have ever doubted your belief that there is no God?” That was the question posed by radio commentator Dennis Prager at an annual American Atheists convention. A devout Jew, Prager noted that not one hand went up in the audience. Later, Prager noted, “I found...

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The Reason I Haven’t Blogged All Summer

I haven’t blogged all summer because, well, I’ve been depressed. I won’t go into details, but my family and I have slogged through some serious health and employment issues this year. These crises have spiked my anxiety levels and put the monkey of depression on my back once again. An...

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Girls Can’t What? A Case for Women Preachers

I’m a United Methodist, which means we meet a lot. One of our biggest meetings is annual conference which, as the name implies, is a yearly gathering. This past week, we met in Waco for three days, where we worshiped, heard reports, and deliberated on a number of important issues,...

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Biblical Submission Ain’t What Some People Think

Are wives to submit to their husbands? Paige Patterson, the recently-ousted president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, thinks so.  But now, in light of the Me Too movement, Dr. Patterson is in hot water for tapes that have surfaced of him allegedly preaching that wives should be submissive instead of...

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You Don't Have to Read the Bible

Leave your Bible on the bookshelf, where it belongs. At least, that’s the recommendation of the editors at GQ Magazine, who listed the Holy Canon among the “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” The reason? The Bible is “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.” That’s quite a list. ...

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Stuff You Can Change – and Stuff You Can’t

“Is that really the way you talk?” the woman asked with a little chuckle. I was preaching at an out-of-state event and meeting some of the leaders in the church. “Yep,” I replied. “This voice is all mine!” I guess the woman had never heard a real-live Texan before. We...

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Hole in the Heart

If you were to paint a picture of a sex trafficker, it probably wouldn’t look like Allison Mack. The perky blonde co-star of Smallville, the popular TV series that chronicled the teenage years of Superman, Mack was recently charged in a New York federal court in connection with a secret...

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Mini-Me

Not too long ago, a seminary student interviewed me for a class assignment on “non-traditional ministry roles.” I guess a grown man who dresses up in church would be considered “non-traditional,” so I was happy to oblige. At one point, my interviewer asked how I viewed my vocation as an...

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