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A Little Light Please
When I was about 10 years old, my Dad and Mom took me to Carlsbad Caverns. I still remember the gigantic stalagmites and stalactites. I can almost feel the cold of... (read more)

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How to Discredit Christianity
From reading the headlines, you'd think church people occasionally get together, ask what they'd have to do to make Christianity look foolish, and then set... (read more)

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Think You Are a 'Hopeless Case'?
Have you noticed how candid the Bible is about its heroes? Scripture doesn't whitewash the flaws and foibles of its... (read more)

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Neglected Expeditions
Jesus came to earth on mission. While we rightfully focus on the love and grace of God in Jesus' coming to earth... (read more)
Let it Begin with Me!
I believe the church is being tested today as it has not been since World War II. Then, there were people of faith who... (read more)
Yogi and Red Trucks
Years ago, I heard Brent Musburger tell a Yogi Berra story on his radio program. Like so many Yogi stories, ...... (read more)
A Way Through the Ice Fall
The interim season for a congregation without key ministers can be a time of great danger and also a time of great opportunity... (read more)
Golden Rule, Golden Door!
Since October 28, 1886, she has stood proudly in New York Harbor, not to guard it, but to welcome immigrants from... (read more)
Sin and Grace
Sin and grace. They are rather old themes to Christians. Yet headlines in the popular press indicate how surprising... (read more)
Willing to Die on This Mountain
Since 1922, there have been 280 documented deaths associated with climbing Mount Everest. These climbers did not want to die on the mountain... (read more)
Your Default Face
As a sports junkie, and also someone who gets to sit at the scorer's table to run the shot clock during university basketball... (read more)
When Life Takes You Off Guard
Life has a habit of taking us by surprise. Events catch us off guard and send us reeling. Accident, injury, family stress, divorce, job transfer... (read more)
Discovering 'My Truth'
Lots of words have been so devalued of late that they tend to confuse rather than enlighten. Take the word... (read more)
Reason to Smile
Christianity was formed in the womb of Judaism. It was born into first-century Hebrew culture and interpreted to us by apostles and evangelists who knew Jesus in the context of his... (read more)
Delete! Delete! Delete!
The little boy was in a particularly bad mood that day. He had been having a hard time getting along with the other children at kindergarten. Then, when... (read more)
Can Jesus Survive Religion's Failures?
One of the great strengths of the Christian faith has been its ability to endure, accommodate, and use the cultural shifts... (read more)
'I Don't Judge People'
Of all places, there is an insightful line about the necessity of passing personal judgment that comes from a new one-act... (read more)
Your Bible is Not Safe
In the fanciful movie The Neverending Story, a boy named Bastian ducks into a bookstore to avoid a group... (read more)
Good Morning
We met as we walked in opposite directions on a sidewalk. He isn't a buddy or someone I know well. As a matter of fact, he was a stranger. I looked up and... (read more)
Calm in the Midst of Chaos
Ever feel guilty when somebody cites this Bible verse, Be still, and know that I am God"? I'll bet you'd... (read more)
Vanishing Friendship
More and more of us appear to have fewer and fewer people in our lives whom we would consider friends. And lest... (read more)
Unworthy and Under-qualified
"I just don't think I can do it." How many times have we thought that? How many times have we said that? How many times have we been told that?... (read more)
Stay Teachable
One of my all-time favorite quotes is from legendary basketball coach John Wooden:
What really counts in life is what you learn after you know... (read more)
Alert to Satan's Tactics
Comedian Flip Wilson made a fortune with this line: "The Devil made me do it!" And I for one will not deny that Satan seduces, captures... (read more)
But Who Won the Game?
There is a juvenile correctional facility in Gainesville, Texas, for youthful felony offenders. All states have such facilities, and Texas ... (read more)
Buying the Gear, But Not Working Out!
Maybe we should go at it differently. If you really have a passion to hike or camp, get the best gear you can afford that will let you do it safely and so you can enjoy... (read more)
'A Sort of Christ'
A strange thing seems to have happened over the course of church history... Didn't Jesus send his disciples into ... (read more)
Losing Your Footing?
All our TV and print media are filled with frightening stories of terrorists, plots to murder national leaders, threats to the general public, and strategies for... (read more)
The Missing Link
The term "missing link" occasionally makes headlines in terms of a skeleton or fossil being unearthed. But it also fits... (read more)
A Prayer about Things We Cannot Change
So what kind of attitude are you going to carry into the New Year? Be honest with yourself: many things about your life boil down to the hand you have been dealt. You can't change... (read more)
What's Most Important?
When you know what it is really important, life becomes easier. When you are clear about your purpose in life, many... (read more)
The Scorned Virtue
A virtue that gets little attention and practically no praise in modern settings is humility. Perhaps it is because our culture tends... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 4 — Constantly in Prayer
I've always been amazed at the somewhat casual manner in which Luke reports Jesus' ascension. He writes as if... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 3 — Witnesses
"Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" This question exposes multiple misunderstandings... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 2 — Glory Days
It is little surprise that instruction about the kingdom was at the top of the resurrected Lord's agenda. In fact, the kingdom was one of Jesus' favorite ... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 1 — Jesus' Body
The book of Acts is highly revered among God's Bible-believing people. We are, after all, restorationists, committed... (read more)
Suffocating Pessimism
I've heard there are people with such sunny dispositions that they never give way to sadness. The rumor is that they always make lemonade from their lemons. And the boast is... (read more)
The Foolishness of 'Getting Even'
Cynthia was a woman scorned. When she went to see her ex-boyfriend, she found him with another woman! Nobody likes... (read more)
Early Morning Coffee Discipline
Because my work involves so much mandatory reading, I don't get to do lots of pleasure reading. There is just too little time for short stories... (read more)
What Time Is it in Your Church?
Where are you in the life-cycle of the church? Are you in the heady, youthful days of the church's life when everything green and growing? Are you a church... (read more)
The Declining Church
The first third of Acts (chapters 1-9) tells us about a church handling transition well: from tiny to massive, popular to persecuted... (read more)
Defining Faithfulness
Most of the good things that happen in God's kingdom result from transition. The flood waters that saved righteous Noah. Abraham trading his home for a... (read more)
The Plateaued Church
The conversion of Saul drained much of the energy from the persecution that had scattered the Jerusalem church. The arrests and seizures dwindled. So long as... (read more)
When You Lead
Have you ever seen a leadership position ruin someone? (Please be aware that I am distinguishing actual leadership from merely holding... (read more)
The Rhythms of the Kingdom
There is a certain rhythm to life in the kingdom of God. Ups and downs, good times and hard times, peaks and valleys. But, frankly, we're not very fond of... (read more)
The first third of Acts records the story of a church dealing with change... and handling it pretty well. As the book of Acts opens, it tells of a time when... (read more)
Following God in the Wilderness
Sherry has been divorced for five years. Recently, she met a man who stirs something inside her. Sherry realizes how lonely she's been, but is still a bit surprised by... (read more)
Revelation & Transformation in the Wilderness
Periodically, I am asked if there is a preacher shortage. My answer is that there is no shortage of preachers, but that there is a shortage of good preachers ... (read more)
The Discipline of the Wilderness
The wilderness is a time of "in-between" — caught between the past and an unknown future. What was familiar has been left behind. Disoriented and... (read more)
Hope in the Wilderness
The interim season between preaching ministers can be a confusing and disorienting time for a congregation and its leaders. Familiar routines... (read more)

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