A Creative Force for God

  When I founded One Man Show fourteen years ago, I dubbed the ministry a “creative force for God.” From the beginning—and up until this day—I have striven to convey the Good News of Jesus Christ through such creative means as dramatic monologues, storytelling, illusions, art and song. I believe...

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A Discovery of Biblical Proportions

  Amazing! Israeli archaeologists believe they have unearthed a palace of King David in the ancient village of Shaaraim, a site about 20 miles from Jerusalem where the Bible reports that David slew Goliath. Yossi Garfinkel, a Hebrew University archaeologist, believes that the permanent palace in Jerusalem is still buried, and that David...

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Surprise, Surprise!

  Last week was big news for discovery geeks. After being kept a secret for eight years, an ancient submarine forest is being explored about ten miles from the shores of Mobile, Alabama. The bald cypress forest, sixty feet deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, has been buried under sediment for...

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Offense of Grace

  Here we go again. Audrey Jarvis, a 19-year old student at Sonoma State University in California, was working for a campus organization when a supervisor told her to remove a cross necklace she was wearing. According to Jarvis’ attorney, Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute, Audrey was working for the university’s...

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The Story of Old Glory

  We all know that the American flag has 50 stars and 13 red-and-white stripes, but it didn’t look like that in the beginning. The first American flag was dubbed the Continental Colors or the Grand Union Flag. It boasted familiar red-and-white stripes, but the Union Jack was in the field instead of stars. This...

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The Man With the Plan

  Everyone has a mission statement nowadays. Even fast food places. Years ago, I found this corporate mission statement on the McDonald’s website: We’re not just a hamburger company serving people; we’re a people company serving hamburgers. Kinda chokes you up, doesn’t it? The mission statement, not the hamburgers. The...

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Symbol of Hope

  “Faster than a speeding bullet…more powerful than a locomotive…able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! I have been a Superman fanatic since I was a burr-headed boy. Every day after school, I would rush home—fly, if you will—to catch The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves in the...

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Hanging Out with the Wrong People

  Annual conference time is upon us, that season in the United Methodist church where clergy and lay delegates sweep in from all points of a defined geographical area to worship, hear reports and vote on resolutions. On the first morning of the Central Texas Annual Conference in Ft. Worth,...

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I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy

  I’m a wanna-be outdoorsman. Though I’ve done my fair share of camping, fishing and hiking, I’m a greenhorn when compared to Munro baggers, volcano boarders and glacier cavers. I’m fascinated by people who climb sheer granite cliffs, hike the 2200 mile Appalachian trail, navigate angry rapids, hunt wild game. The...

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Don’t Write the Obituary Just Yet

  Last week I came across a slideshow of creepy abandoned churches across the United States. The pictures seem to be a metaphor for denominationalism across the United States, which is slowly crumbling like the inner-city cathedrals whose congregations left long ago. With alarming regularity another report or survey comes out that reveals...

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