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This may come as no surprise to those of you who still read this blog. This, barring unforeseen developments, is my last entry. Times are a changing. I don't read blogs anymore. Technology is changing the way we get information.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Out of the Box
While exercising this morning I was listening to a podcast by a pastor who gives helpful advice to other ministers. He refrained from his usual advisory format and gave the account of his call to the ministry. One portion of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Out of the Box
It's not uncommon to be asked by a layperson or another pastor who is my favorite Christian author or preacher/teacher. As far as an author is concerned, I'm afraid my answer often disappoints. I don't read Christian fiction and I... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Out of the Box
Excuse me for the brevity of this entry. I just returned from 10 days off and realized it's been awhile since I jotted down any thoughts on this blog. So I thought I would just share with you what's on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Out of the Box
One of the greatest preachers of this and the last generation was called to heaven Sunday. Most of my Baptists readers have probably never heard of him. T. L. Lowery, was a pentecostal pastor, preacher, evangelist and spiritual leader. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Out of the Box
It should be fairly obvious by now, even to the casual observer, that the best and the brightest no longer run for president of the United States. I should also note that civility is a thing of the past. Politicians... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Out of the Box
While I have not been as captivated by the political process this election cycle as it seems much of the country is, I have been watching sporadically. What I have noticed is that one specific interest group is being courted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Out of the Box
Our grandson, Graeme, just stopped by my office on the way to preschool. As soon as he saw me he came running down the hallway and jumped into my arms. "I wuv you so much Poppy! I was so wuwied... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Out of the Box
Let me begin by stating that I do not publicly endorse any candidate for any office at anytime. I have strong political opinions that I share with family and friends, but I make it a policy to never speak as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Out of the Box
Tonight on ABC Charlie Brown's Christmas special will celebrate 50 years. This 30 minute cartoon has several milestones to commend it to the TV Hall of Fame. We know of Schultz's insistence on leaving the Biblical narrative in the script.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Out of the Box
This is the week that Americans visualize, conceptualize and create ghostly and ghastly images for their children and themselves. They drink too much, eat too much and post inappropriate pictures of their alter egos on Facebook. It is also the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Out of the Box
As I sit with Bible and commentaries before me I prepare for tonight's Wednesday night Bible Study. I have been teaching through Luke for more than 9 months and we have finally come to the Mount of Transfiguration in Luke... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Out of the Box
The lengths people will go to ignore Jesus, or even deny His existence, is obvious in the case of the much debated and examined ossuary with the inscription, "James, son of Joseph,brother of Jesus.". An ossuary is a stone box... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Out of the Box
I like to think of myself as creative and innovative. The truth is I'm often just a first adopter in our community. Leading a church in a suburb of a mid-sized American city in the south it isn't hard to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Out of the Box
As I sat looking at the charcoal grey apron pinned around my neck covering my form down past my knees I noticed a stark contrast. Locks of nearly white hair lay against the dark vinyl apron. It had been a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Out of the Box
After Sunday's third service I was blessed to meet so many new families visiting Dallas Bay for the first time. Their wonderful comments encouraged me once again confirming we are following the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Unsolicited affirmation is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Out of the Box
I'm spending much of my study time as of late preparing for the series "Timeless" that begins this Sunday. The messages look at the past, present and future through God's eternal eyes. It's not really a study in prophecy, although... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Out of the Box
It's been one week since the tragic shootings in Chattanooga. One day Chattanooga is known as the best mid-sized town in America and the next we are known for a horrible violent event. One week later we know a little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Out of the Box
Today I have the privilege of participating in a memorial service for a young man who was a member of our fellowship. While I am 20 years his senior he was one of those guys I regret I didn't make... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Out of the Box
I am weary of trying not to offend others. I have come to conclude that is a burden I have not been called to carry. So I lay it down. I have been asking myself how we got to where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Out of the Box
Of all the worthwhile charities out there today I know of just one that people universally support; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I don't mean to say that everyone financially supports the hospital, but I have never heard anyone publicly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Out of the Box
Ok, so I have been asked on several occasions recently to comment on the whole Bruce Jenner situation. These are my thoughts. They only reflect my opinions and no one else; not my family, not my church, and not my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Out of the Box
It's been 5 days since a group of us returned from a missionary retreat in the Dominican Republic. We had beautiful weather and smooth travel. The rooms were clean and the food was plenteous and tasty. So why am I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Out of the Box
While talking with another pastor who has also been enduring some stress lately, I think I came up with the perfect word picture for how I'm feeling: a garden hose. Here's what I mean. When the faucet knob is turned... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Out of the Box
To some of you this will make either little or no sense. The readers of this blog vary from people I know very well to those I have never met. Those in between, those I know, but not well, have... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Out of the Box