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Love with Abandon.

My wife and I have had a few conversations with (4 year-old) Jacob lately about boundaries. He's always running over to strangers in the library, the grocery store, etc. and giving them a hug…and often a kiss (usually on the hand.) While most ladies find him sweet and charming and…

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How Great The Love of God!

Many of you know that I’ve taken up a hobby of late, exploring abstract art and mixed media pieces. Most of them are random and based more in feeling than conscious thought, but one recent piece was inspired by the line of a song. This particular song, written by Jen…

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US vs. THEM in the Shadow of Election Day

                  If you inhabit any sort of social media site these days, you’re likely pretty sick of all the kamikaze political posts blowing up into full-on verbal warfare. Heck, even the posts that don’t get replies are probably only devoid of comments…

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Honoring My Fellow Travelers

                For five days now, I’ve been blessed with the presence of my dear friend and colleague, Jason Henson. For those not “in the know,” Jason and I were associate youth pastors together at Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, IN during the early 90s. In those days, I was…

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Why We Give

Generosity and the lack of generosity are topics front and center in the media these days. The wealthy laud their own generosity even as the less fortunate criticize their lack of the same. Protestors line sidewalks to protest the greedy 1% while just a block or two away, a homeless…

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Answering Epicurus

     Facebook is a strange animal. As I prepared to hit the hay last night, I came across a Facebook alert mentioning that two of my good friends had replied to a status update from a gentleman whose name I’ve heard from time to time yet have no recollection of…

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                My good friend, Ryan Jennings, lives in Healdton, Oklahoma. Healdton is a small, oil field town that has seen its fortunes run dry and, back in 1984, my dad was called to pastor a small Baptist Church there called Bethel Baptist. I was 11 years old that winter holiday…

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How Many Times?

              When I was a teen growing up in rural Oklahoma where my father pastored a small church, one of my favorite songs was a tune called “How Many Times (Seventy Time Seven)” by the band White Heart. The song, of course, is built around that great conversation in…

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Talent and Hope in all shapes, sizes…and ages.

  I've always loved to watch children create. Whether they are building a castle out of Duplos to fend off an impending dragon attack or fingerpainting a work of abstract wonder, their imaginations don't often know the limitations that years on this hard earth can shackle us with. Kids give themselves freely…

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