God Plays Offense

A governor changes the name of the statehouse Christmas tree to “holiday tree.” The local school board votes to change Christmas break to “winter break.” A national retailer forbids employees to greet customers with “Merry Christmas,” telling them instead to utter “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.” What’s going on here? Why, it’s...

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Your Days Are Numbered

With the Newtown, Conn. school shooting still fresh in my mind, the children of Richland Hills United Methodist Church in NRH, TX looked especially precious to me when I performed my Christmas magic show on Sunday afternoon. About thirty kids and “kids-at-heart” gathered in the fellowship hall to watch my goofy...

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Shine

I was in a Toastmasters meeting when my phone lit up with the headlines of the nauseating violence at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. I let the screen go blank and refocused my attention on the agenda, since I had a speech to deliver. When I got...

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The Play That Produced Prayer

There is a scene in The Forgotten Carols, playing at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, TX, where I pray for the female lead character, a hard-boiled woman named Constance. As I do so, a crowd of people slip in from various corners of the stage, singing the refrain, “We...

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God’s Contact Lenses

“Something is different.” That was my first thought when I faced the congregation at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, LA yesterday. I was dressed in the biblical robes of Simeon, the righteous man who was waiting for the “consolation of Israel,” performing this Advent drama as I’ve been doing...

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Costumed Praise

Bonne Christmeusse! This Sunday, I will be visiting Cajun country as Simeon the Righteous brings his message to Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, LA. This will be my first performance of the Advent season, followed by two more in central Texas churches. To give you some background on this...

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Who’s Your Lord Really?

Our President has been compared to the Messiah. Now Jamie Foxx has confirmed it. At the 2012 Soul Train Awards on Sunday night, the actor/funnyman whipped up the crowd with this Sunday morning-like invocation: “It’s like church over here! It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor...

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One Word Can Change Your Life

Yesterday at First United Methodist Church in Killeen, TX, I unveiled a new script simply entitled The Word. I wrote it to match Rev. Jeff Miller’s upcoming Advent preaching series with the same title. Actually, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t write the script. It was written long ago by...

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