Thanks for visiting my blog.  Here’s a little about me.

I’m married to Lisa who is a rabid SEC football fan, the hardest working human being I have ever known, and has explored and conquered an intimidating mountain called forgiveness.

Which is good, because I have ventured into a valley called failure.

We raised two boys who grew up to become very fine men, though they are as different from one another as Jacob and Esau.

They married two very beautiful young women who also happen to be quite pretty on the outside.  Daughters-in-law are awesome.

We have three grandchildren and one on the way. They are all above average.

We have one dog, Calvin. Named after the famous 16th century theologian. I like the dog. I disagree a lot with the theologian. But it's not total disagreement.

We do not have cats because I am allergic.  To evil.

I often laugh loudly at things no one else in the room finds funny.  Especially if I’m the one who said or did the thing.

I was a preacher.  Then I was a physician recruiter.  Now, I am a preacher again.

Most of all I am a follower of Jesus, though I know what it is to stray.

Kingdoms Come (And Go)

This week's reading (1 Chronicles 25 – 2 Chronicles 24) is full of political intrigue, peaceful and not-so-peaceful transfers of power, a nation divided against itself and some of the best and worst k

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Isaiah: The Fifth Gospel

In our Re:Read challenge we now come to the Prophetic books of the Bible. Isaiah is the first and, along with Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel, one of the Major Prophets. They're called Majo

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Behold

This post is about worship. First, though, a presupposition: We become what we behold. Don't believe me? Billions of dollars are spent every year by advertisers because they believe that people become

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More Light. Less Heat.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a quarter million people and delivered what has been hailed as the greatest speech ever given in the

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I Believe

I believe the birth of Jesus was an historical event. It actually happened. A baby was born to a virgin. He was born in low circumstances and visited by shepherds, celebrated by Magi and announce

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The Price for Peace

In the first two chapters of Luke's gospel, Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, sings about peace (1:79); the angels announce peace (2:14); and an old priest named Simeon thanks God for dismiss

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From Here to Hope

Well, this is just so 2020. Besides the fact that there were locust swarms in Africa, murder hornets in the U.S., raging wildfires in Australia, Washington State and Oregon, a bitter and conteste

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New Series on Ephesians: The Book of Peace

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We're beginning a new message series on the book of Ephesians at Twickenham this week. You can watch or listen here at 10:00 central on Sunday mornings, or here if you can't make it at that time.Why E

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My America

In 1967 at Stanford University, Dr. King delivered a speech entitled, The Other America. With characteristic eloquence he described the very different economic, social and political con

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Short Time

 Lately, I've been reflecting on Paul's comforting words in 2 Corinthians 4. In verses 17 & 18, he gives us two more reasons to hang in there even when we feel like giving up. For our li

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Steel Magnolias

There are about a thousand ways Mother's Day can be hard. You want to be a mom, but so far, God has not blessed that dream. Or the mom you had wasn't there for you. While everyone else is expressing g

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Renewable Now

In times like this, you turn to the Bible hoping to find something to get you through. Then you discover that the book you are trying to understand, understands you. For example, in 2 Corinthians 4:8

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We're Going to be OK

This pandemic wasn't sent by an angry god; it was the backwash of a broken creation.  A year from now, or maybe two, we'll look back on this moment with a lot more clarity. We'll know who the her

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Powerful Sneaky Story

There were eight of us that decided to put together care packages to pass out to the homeless. A couple of the guys that went with us were guys that were from His Way and experienced many of the things the homeless were going through. We packed up Deodorant, tooth brushes, floss, snacks, bottled water, warm socks and a brochure about the His Way program in case it was needed for their situation. The week leading up to this we weren’t sure where we were going to pass these bags out but trusted God would provide a place for us. The night before we were going to pass them out an employee from His Way ran into a former His Way resident at Kroger buying some milk with the last $1.73 he had. He told him he was living at a tent city off of Max Luther by Turner Beverages. The employee from His Way normally joins us but he wasn’t able to this time but he passed on the information of where to go. Several of us knew who this former resident was and knew this is where we needed to go. I could tell there were some uneasy feelings in the room when I told the guys where we were going but one of the guys from His Way knew exactly how to get to the location because he had been their before so he was our guide.

We loaded up into two large vehicles and headed down a one way dirt road in the pitch dark praying God was leading us to where He wanted us. We pulled up on the first two tents and 5 people get out. We handed them the bags and told them we loved them and God loved them. We talked to several of them for a little while and prayed with them. We had one bible to give and I asked "Bill" if he still believed in Jesus and he said it had been harder lately. I asked him if he would read the Bible if I gave him one and he said he would. More people kept on coming to us and getting bags.

At that time "Joe", the young 25 year old we came to see, pulled up on a bike. He was excited to see us. We had him guide us the next 500 yards in the dark to where the next section of the camp was located. There were another 5-7 tents in the back of this tent city where another 10-15 people were living. We passed out more bags to them and then met "Joe's" girlfriend. Our group huddled around "Joe" and his girlfriend and talked. He told us he’d been clean from drugs for 4 days and wanted to get back to His Way. His girlfriend had been clean a little longer and I recommended she get involved with the His Way women’s outpatient program that just started. We told "Joe" we loved him and missed him and we prayed over him. He broke down crying and thanked us for coming to see him. We then headed back to our vehicles and I heard a couple of the guys saying they had doubt about doing this but God really came through tonight. It was a special night and we let God guide and work through us.

 

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Sneaky Sweeper

My daughter makes my bed at night while I'm snuggling the boys to bed. She also sneaky sweeps the floor when I'm in the shower. She is only 8.. :) 

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Cookie Ninja

Ding dong ditched and dropped off cookies at neighbors house. 

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Reverse Delivery

We put a treat basket out on the front porch for the delivery drivers. We hope it puts a smile on their face and reminds them that we appreciate them. 

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To Grandmother's House We Go

One of the agents at our office saw a post on Facebook about a group’s Christmas tradition to all bring $100, share a meal together, and then bless their waitress with what’s left after the bill was paid.

17 of us gathered to share a meal today, and blessed our waitress with $1600. She’s a grandma, working at Cracker Barrel, raising her two grand-kids. They are living in a hotel because of water damage at her house. Although she was blessed financially, we all walked away touched by her story. The biggest blessing to hear was that it had be 30 years since she’d been to church, but she decided her grand-kids would grow up in church and hopefully turn out better than their mom. She(the grandmother) got baptized 3 years ago. Her daughter has a year of sobriety, and her oldest grandson just got baptized earlier this year.

It’s going to be an annual tradition for our group from
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Blessing to Lift a Burden

Our small group pooled some money and gave a secret money blessing and note of encouragement to a hard working single mother to ease her financial burden this holiday season. She has no idea who it came from.

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Blessing the Blue

I drove around until I saw a parked police car, pulled up, rolled down my window and handed the officer an envelope. The envelope contained a gift card and a note: "You are not alone. We appreciate how you protect and serve our community. God loves you. We pray for you and your fellow officers. Merry Christmas."

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