What A CounselOR Taught Me About CounselING

A number of years ago, I spent a season working with a particular counselor trying to help figure out the conundrum that is me.

(Yes, I’ve had several such seasons and a few counselors and I am much the healthier for it.)

Anyway, during one of our sessions, the subject of counselING came up.  We were speaking of a certain type of counselor that we sometimes see in the Christian world, ones that are heavy on bible memory and light on personal history. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Children’s Books That Captured My Imagination And Made Me A Reader

My mom taught me to read at a very young age — possibly four, certainly by the time I was five — and I have been reading ever since.

One of the happy consequences of all that reading is that there is no better way to learn to be a writer.

Part of mom’s lessons involved the continual exposure to the kind of children’s books that not only captured my imagination but also shaped me as a reader. read more

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A King’s Ransom, Week 4 — The “Live Like A King” Sermon Rewind (Easter 2018)

This weekend’s Easter message …

  • Came from Mark 16:1-8;
  • Hinged on NINE references to Jesus in the space of a verse and a half;
  • Had its origins in my thoughts that many people  careen from one life event to another, propelled by nothing more than their newest desire, latest impulse, or most recent outrage;
  • Had a French moment involving raison d’etre;
  • Landed at this bottom line:  Your why is really a who;
  • Was preached to this family (Natalie Davis, Riley Davis, Julie Davis, Taylor Davis, and Nate Underwood).

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It can be sort of difficult, even on Easter Sunday, when you, as they say lose your way.  Lord, I remember as a kid we piled into our car to drive from Dallas TX to Austin TX, which really isn’t very difficult since there are essentially no turns for four hours!  But anyway, somehow my mom made a wrong turn in Waco – WACO! – thinking we were taking a new scenic route, and the next thing we knew we were in this strange place called Mineola TX and stuck in a gulch.  I was absolutely convinced we would run out of gas and because YOU KNOW the next step after running out of gas is instant death, I’m just balling. We Davises had lost our way.  Apparently we neither ran out of gas nor died, because here I am and there my mom still is, going strong at 102.
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Easter 2018: The Days Ahead

Here’s what we got:

Today, Friday, March 30 — Good Friday

Good Friday Worship at 7 p.m. in the Moss Road Worship Center.  Full color worship with communion plus a reflection on the meaning of the cross and its “remembering.”

Saturday And Sunday, March 31 & April 1 — Resurrection Celebrations read more

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Jonah And Theological Relativism

I read Jonah awhile back and noticed a verse tucked away in its opening scene that I had long overlooked. As the storm gathered strength against Jonah’s flee-to-Tarshish cruise liner,

All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god (1:5).

At first glance, it appears that the bible is here teaching some kind of theological relativism: individuals or people groups or religions all have their own gods and we’re fine as long as we pick one that best suits us. read more

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Turning Defense Into Offense

One thing I have noticed in my frequent watching of the Tennis Channel is a new phrase in on-court commentary:  “He is a master at turning defense into offense.”

In other words, certain players through their combination of foot speed and racket skill can hit an aggressive shot from a compromised position.  When they should be lucky just to get the ball back over the net and in the court, these super-athletes are actually able to turn a losing situation into a winning shot. read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Characteristics Of The Gospel Of Mark

By way of review: the bible is not a book.  It is a library.  Many different authors, multiple writing styles, written over a long span of time.

And like any good library, the bible has a biography section.  Four biographers (also known collectively as evangelists) — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — and one subject, Jesus. read more

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A King’s Ransom, Week 3 — The “King Of The Hill” Sermon Rewind

On almost every Sunday morning, I meet with two friends who pray with me at 7:45 and declare with confidence, “Hey guys, guess what?  It’s gonna be great!”  Part of that, I’m sure, is talking myself into that same conviction.

Yesterday, however, was different.  I met my friends and said, “Well, it’s either going to be pretty good or awful; I just haven’t been sure about this one all week long.” read more

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A King’s Ransom Week 3 — “King Of The Hill”

This looks like an unlikely place for a king’s coronation, doesn’t it?

And yet in the way Mark tells Jesus’ story, that hill far away is exactly where Jesus’ kingship was unveiled and unleashed.

He was made King Of The Hill … and declared King On The Hill.

What does it mean for you and for me?  How does it all relate to ransom? read more

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Confusing PREFERENCE For STRATEGY

In church leadership, it is quite tempting to confuse personal preference for effective church strategy.

For example, a few years ago, I could have come up with a different U2 song to go along with virtually every message I gave (these days it would trend more towards Jason Isbell, but you get my point).  In fact, I would love doing that. It would suit me and my preferences just fine. read more

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