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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God and Greybeards

This must be “Pick On an Old Man Week.” I was playing “Draw Something” with a randomly-chosen player, and he obviously saw my profile pic because he sent me this message: “You’re too old to play this game.” A few days later, I ran into a retired colleague and said, “You...

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Unlikely Messiah

If you could custom-order a messiah, it probably wouldn’t be Jesus. In His day, He did not fit the popular idea of a savior — and still doesn’t by many people today. Consider this unlikely Messiah: HE HAD AN UNLIKELY BIRTH He wasn’t born in a palace to wealthy or...

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Good Friday, Indeed

On Good Friday, we hear a lot about the Cross of Jesus, but not a whole lot about our own crosses. Jesus made it explicitly clear that if we were to be His disciples, we would have to take up a cross and follow Him (Matt 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23). If you...

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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

I did not give up anything for Lent this year. My only resolution was to get through a devotional book that’s been collecting dust on my shelf for a while. However, my wife and I inadvertently took up a Lenten discipline after our youngest son moved out a few weeks...

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Hawking and Heaven

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist who once advised “to look at the stars and not at your feet,” died at his Cambridge home on Wednesday at the age of 76. Hawking was given a life expectancy of two years after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in...

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Testing…1-2-3 The Second Temptation

Would you find it surprising that Satan knows scripture? In the second temptation of Christ, the devil whisked Jesus to the highest point of ancient Jerusalem, the pinnacle of the temple. There, perhaps snaking an arm around the soiled robe of his adversary, Satan whispered, “So you are the Son...

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