What’s in a Profile Pic?

“The Lord bless you    and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you    and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you    and give you peace.”Numbers 6:24-26 - who am I today....? Someone asked me recently why is it that I change my profile picture so much? Not just on Facebook, but on WordPress and other platforms too. It occurred to me …

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In our garden, unity beats uniformity

The garden kind of reminds me of our church. We don't have uniformity so much as unity; worshippers don't think, believe, and act in lockstep, but stand as a body of believers presenting a hybrid witness to redemption and grace; in many ways, we are all over the place - but we're growing in the same garden.

it’s not always easy to be a work in progress…

Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the …

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life is a story we must live prayerfully, and intentionally

New book on the horizon! I'm very excited! I have just now finished one more complete review/edit/overhaul of my new book, and I've ordered a proof copy. If all looks well, then you can look (I hope you look!) for an announcement - along with details - in this space sometime next week! Wrapping up the …

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don’t just listen to God’s word – do what it says (James)

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. - James 1:22 One of the great challenges of moving is all the work that's required to make the "new" place home. We've been in our Wake Forest house eleven months now, and - rather than finishing up - it …

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Home Improvement – “Derek 5.5”

I love our home. I know it's just a physical place - concrete block, stucco, glass, wood and shingles - but we've lived at this address now going on 15 years and I've spent more time here than any other house on Earth. Let's see if that's right: 1 year at the house where I …

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