A Passage To Ponder: John 13:1-17

William Barclay titled this text, “The Royalty of Service.” Derek Geldart entitled it “Love on its knees.” Kerry Haynes called it “Bottom-Up Leadership.” And it’s often been cited as a narrative that identifies “The Heart of a Servant.”

I simply call this poignant passage, that only John records, “Jesus’ Model for Ministry.” Continue reading

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5 Things More Important Than Money

This week begins the 2019-2020 college basketball season. Pre-season experts have dubbed Michigan State the #1 ranked team. Followed by Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville.

Last year’s NCAA Champion, the Virginia Cavaliers, are ranked #11 But their coach, Tony Bennett, ought to be ranked #1 in terms of character, priorities, and values.

Bennett did something in the offseason that few of us would ever do. He declined a “substantial” raise, so the money could be used to increase salaries for his staff and make other improvements to UVA sports programs. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Dignity

Sunday there began a call from several theologically diverse religious groups to pray for “political civility” during the 2020 Presidential election, which will occur exactly one year from yesterday.

Identified as “Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics,” the prayer campaign is overseen by the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse and Theo Brown, the director for their Faith-Based Programs. Continue reading

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Living An Abundant Life

In an old “Peanuts” cartoon, Lucy is talking to her baby brother, Linus. The scenario unfolds like this.

Lucy: ’I’ll tell you something I’ve never told anyone before.’

She points to a hill in the distance and says, ’Someday, I’m going over that hill and find happiness and fulfillment. For me, all the answers to life lie beyond those clouds and over the grassy slopes of those hills.’ Continue reading

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“I Was Blind But Now I See”

For the past two weeks, Norma Jean and I have enjoyed seeing the beautiful Fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains. During our time here, the landscape has changed right before our eyes. It’s an incredible sight.

Can you imagine being born blind, unable to see the mountains and valleys ablaze with color? Or never seeing the hues of orange, red, purple and pink of a gorgeous sunset? Never seeing the town you live in? Never seeing the face of your mother, brother, or sister? Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: John 8:31-36

A preacher was standing at the church house door shaking hands as the congregation departed and saw a man who rarely attended.

He grabbed him by the arm and said, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”

“I’m already in the Army of the Lord,” the man replied.

“How come I don’t see you except for Christmas and Easter?” the preacher questioned. Continue reading

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The Deconversion of Christians

Do you ever miss being a Christian?”

“No,” replied Anthony B. Pinn comfortably.

In an online story by The ChristianPost, Leonardo Blair relates the deconversion of a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Deconversion is a strange-sounding new word to Christians. We’re familiar with conversion. But deconversion? It’s defined as a loss of faith or leaving one’s religion for another religion, or no religion at all. Continue reading

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