Easter Sunday 2021 – Meeting Jesus in Galilee

But [the young man] said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, …

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So, how’s your walk?

Your word is a lamp before my feet     and a light for my journey. - Psalm 119:105 One of the questions that constantly comes up when I talk about faith is, "How do I transition from someone who checks in with God once in a while, to a disciple who quite literally walks with Jesus?" It's a …

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“You can’t improvise unless you have something to improvise from”

Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. - Romans 8:35,37 CEB I've shared before how vitally important it is for me to …

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what it takes to be a disciple

This afternoon I'll be driving over to Greenville to speak at a men's ministry gathering; I've been thinking about what I want to say. Typically - and especially when I'm just visiting for a short "after-dinner" talk - I like to engage people in a conversation about how important it is that we see ourselves …

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how to be a disciple of Jesus

Today I want to talk about the new class I'm teaching at WFPC; not so much teaching, really, as facilitating. The point of the new class is to provide a place where those currently not enrolled in adult-education can explore what it means to live as intentional disciples of Jesus, rather than “ho-hum” church members; to “stand on …

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advice for a budding writer

Dear Reader: This morning's post is an edited version of an email I just sent to a writing friend. She is new to the idea of writing for publication, and fresh from a writing conference that was full of workshops, contacts, and ideas. My answers to her may be useful, inspirational, or encouraging to others on …

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confessions of a clay jar

Sometimes there's so much writing to do, so much teaching to prepare for, and so many people to talk with... that I can run into the danger of forgetting that my message means nothing unless it emerges from my day-to-day experience as a regular person making my way in a sometimes markedly un-inspirational world. It's …

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why Americans should brew more pots of tea

This morning, as a kind of counterpoint to all the excitement of more than 2,000 page-views Thursday, I feel compelled to tone things down a little. Consequently, here's a short post about the correct (or proper) way to make tea.Don't laugh. Making tea is a very important social skill, and it has many applications. At …

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this writer needs your help: yes, you!

A LITTLE HELP, PLEASE: Today, other than working on the details of columns and articles for The Christian Voice, the Florida Annual Conference (UMC), and All Pro Dad, my goal is to wrap my head around my next book project for The Upper Room. I may have produced five books over the past six years, …

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