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The Thin Line Between Faith and Foolishness

Someone, somewhere once defined “insanity” as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results. True enough. At some point, when you are in a rhythm and cycle and you’re not satisfied with the results, you have to go back and look at the way you are doing something, or [...]

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The Limited Power of Observation

It’s been hot in Nashville. Hot and humid. Like the kind of hot and humid when you walk outside and it feels like someone threw a bucket of chili in your face. So I was none too pleased a few days ago when I went upstairs to our kids’ bedrooms and found that our air [...]

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Jesus Doesn’t Need Our Protection

“The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever” (Isaiah 32:17). She didn’t mean to be incendiary. She was just asking a question. My daughter not long ago during a family discussion about the Bible asked us, “How do we know these stories are actually true?” The question [...]

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I Am Barabbas

He’s barely mentioned in the Bible, and yet his story, maybe more than any other, serves to explain the gospel. He is Barrabas. Or rather, I am Barabbas. Here is what we know about this man: 1. He was a rebel. One of his crimes was insurrection; he led a rebellion against the rulers of [...]

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Why You Need a Day on the Calendar for Easter

We, as Christians, are people of the cross. The cross of Jesus Christ shows us what love is. Not our circumstances, not the state of our world, not our perceived blessings – it is the cross by which the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God is proven. It is the cross by which the justice, [...]

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Thanking God for the Cable Company

My name is Michael, and I have cable. I’ve thought about getting rid of cable a bunch of times. Sometimes it’s because of expense. But most of the times I’ve considered cutting the cord it’s out of frustration. Appointment times missed, poor service, outages – all of these things have caused me more frustration than [...]

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Be Careful of the Small Compromise Now

Once I built a retaining wall in our backyard. We had a wall that kept the mulch and dirt out of our driveway, but it had eroded over time. It seemed like a relatively simple project. All I had to do was rip up the existing brick and put new cinder block down in its [...]

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MLK: “Morality cannot be legislated; behavior can be regulated.”

Now the other myth that gets around is the idea that legislation cannot really solve the problem and that it has no great role to play in this period of social change because you’ve got to change the heart and you can’t change the heart through legislation. You can’t legislate morals. The job must be [...]

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The Blessing of Doing Stuff You’re Bad At

Every Tuesday and Thursday for a few years I’ve played basketball with a few other guys. There have been glimmers of athletic ability; the occasional fast break lay up; the rare three point shot; and couple of rebounds. But most of the time I just fall down. In fact, I count it as a win [...]

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Solemn Assembly, and the Ongoing Issue of Race in the United States

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the issue of race relations has been at the forefront of the minds of most Americans during the last few months. Among others, Pastor Eric Mason has been engaging other pastors to lead their congregations through a solemn assembly – a week of prayer and [...]

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