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Character Counts – Or Does It?

Now here is a fascinating discovery. The word “character” appears only three times in the Christian bible. That’s right. Three. This is the count from the NASB, probably the most word-for-word English translation of the original manuscripts.  As jots and tiddles...

Who is the greatest? Small Group or Sunday School?

A decennial debate is once again upon those who grapple with the ways church does its churching. Which is the better format for church community?  Sunday School or Small Group?  It’s all laid out here in a recent three-view series. I find it’s not so much about...

There’s Wisdom in This Standing Appointment

The first three chapters of the Book of Proverbs are perhaps the most meaningful morsels of wisdom in the entire Christian Bible. I keep a standing appointment with them at the beginning of every month. Slowly over three days, in the early morning hours, Proverbs 1, 2...
Locked Out of Your Own Heart?

Locked Out of Your Own Heart?

For the life of me I couldn’t unlock that lock. Several times I used the combination I myself had set.  After all it was my lock.  I put it there. The lock was on a storage unit containing inventory and fixtures for our business.  After numerous combination attempts,...
Grace to Work.  Opportunity to Love.

Grace to Work. Opportunity to Love.

Monday mornings remind me of an important vocational reality – our very capacity to work is a God-given grace. Our focus, attention, drive and ambition, the wisdom and skill, motivation and opportunities – all of it coming at his creative, sustaining hand...

Not a Lazy Man’s Book

For close to 30 years I’ve had an early morning routine of reading, journaling, prayer and contemplation.  It is my go-to disposition, my place of mindful and spiritual repose. The Christian bible has been the centerpiece of that morning feast most of that time.  One...
Before Christ Could Talk

Before Christ Could Talk

I love words. I’m a word guy. I enjoy reading them, writing them and pondering them. I can get lost in them and be quite content spending time with a well crafted collection of them. But I’ve noticed something lately about words. They seem to be losing their value....

Beautifully Off-Key

I visited a church recently.  As the service began, I quickly became annoyed by the woman right behind me.  It was her singing – which sounded like an alien whale sipping on a vinegar slushy.  And it was right in my ear.  I really don’t know if she was...

Bits and Bridles Make Lousy Leaders

Growing up in Kentucky I was no stranger to horses. Probably the most essential gear for riding a horse is the bit and bridle. Horses will do their own thing unless they are ridden with a bit and bridle. Unless your horse is named Mr. Ed, it’s very difficult to have a...
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