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February 2009 Archives

God Bless John Wayne!?

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Well, you don’t see that bumper sticker everyday. Oh, I suppose “Standing Tall” and “Let’s Roll” can be seen here and there, especially in Texas. But “God Bless John Wayne” is a rarity, at least in my experience. I wonder […]

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Do You Have to Give Up Something for Lent?

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Part 2 of series: How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God (2009) Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I grew up hearing about Catholics who had to fast during the season of Lent. […]

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How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God

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Part 1 of series: How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God (2009) Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Preface For the past several years, I have followed my posts on Ash Wednesday with […]

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Staring Death in the Face (2009)

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series The denial of death . . . itâ??s all around us. When people die, they are often alone, sequestered in hospitals far away from the sad eyes of friends and family. […]

What is Ash Wednesday?

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Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. As has been my tradition for several years, in today’s post I will explain some of the basics about this holy day. Tomorrow I’ll add some Ash […]

Slumdog Millionaire Wins!

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Slumdog Millionaire prevailed at last night’s Oscars, winning eight academy awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. It beat a strong field of films, including my personal favorite, Frost/Nixon. But I was pleased that Slumdog Millionaire won. It’s a fine […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Worshiping God in Our Daily Lives READ Psalm 15:1-5  Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere […]

Why Are Protestants More Loyal to Their Toothpaste Than to Their Denomination? Section 2

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Part 3 of series: Denominations, Toothpaste, and Toilet Paper Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began reflecting on the recent discover that Protestants in American are more loyal to their toothpaste than to their denomination. […]

Why Are Protestants More Loyal to Their Toothpaste Than to Their Denomination?

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Part 2 of series: Denominations, Toothpaste, and Toilet Paper Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I summarized the results of an Ellison Research that found American Protestants to be more loyal to their brand […]

Denominations, Toothpaste, and Toilet Paper: Just the Facts, Maâ??am

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Part 1 of series: Denominations, Toothpaste, and Toilet Paper Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A recent USA Today headline caught my eye: â??U.S. Protestants more loyal to toothpaste brand than church?â? Ouch! This isnâ??t something that […]

Don’t Swing Too Far on the Pendulum

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Part 8 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series I’m going to wrap up this series today, at least for now. As always, I reserve the right to come back to […]

Closed on Sunday

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As I was driving along in San Antonio recently, I glimpsed a sign that grabbed my attention. Since I wasn’t quite sure I saw it right, I did a big loop to confirm my I had seen (not an easy […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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“How Long Will you Forget Me?” Psalm 13:1-6 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? Psalm 13:1 Psalm 13 is a desperate cry to God. It is an example of […]

Spiritual Warfare?

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Yesterday I shared the distressing news that the “NCAA Disciplines Incarnate Word.” And I never knew Jesus had a team! My commenters got me inspired to look for other headlines with a religious theme. I found a few in several […]

Bad News for the Son of God

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First it was Barry Bonds. Then Marion Jones. Then Michael Phelps. Then A-Rod. Now look who’s in trouble for violations of athletic regulations. Yikes!

You Can’t Have It All

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Part 7 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series To this point, my Advice for Pastor Search Committees includes the following: 1. Seek first the kingdom of God. 2. Pray without […]

Get The True “Downside” on Candidates

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Part 6 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in my series, Advice for Pastor Search Committees, I’ve suggested the following: 1. Seek first the kingdom of God. 2. […]

Represent Your Church Accurately

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Part 5 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in my series, Advice for Pastor Search Committees, I’ve suggested the following: 1. Seek first the kingdom of God. 2. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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What Can We Do If the Foundations of our Own Lives Collapse? READ Psalm 11:1-7  “The foundations of law and order have collapsed.  What can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3 In the original sense of Psalm 11:3, the foundations are […]

Knighted . . . at Last!

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Move over Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John. I have been knighted . . . at last! It happened last Tuesday at the staff meeting of the H.E. Butt Foundation, the parent organization of Laity Lodge. There, the accounting […]

Nurturing Openness and Avoiding Exhaustion

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Part 4 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series I’ve served two morsels of advice for pastor search committees: 1. Seek first the kingdom of God. […]

Pray Without Ceasing

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Part 3 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I continue to offer some advice for pastor search committees. And today, like yesterday, my counsel is a brief quotation from […]

Seek First the Kingdom of God

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Part 2 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post I began a series for pastor search committees. Today I begin offering some bits of advice for those […]

Advice for Pastor Search Committees: An Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Advice for Pastor Search Committees Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series For some odd reason, these days I seem to have several friends who are serving on church committees charged with seeking a […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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“There Is No God” READ Psalm 10:1-18  For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the LORD. In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it […]

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? The Perspective of the First Christians, Part 2
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