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What are you chewing on?


It’s not enough to simply read the Bible. Jesus made an audacious promise at the end of His sermon on the mount: “Everyone who hears these words of Mine, and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock.” (Matt. 7:24 NIV) Here is the problem. It’s easy to hear the words of God; […]

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Fasting from my will.


Not my will, but yours be done. What a stunning thought that Jesus, the King of kings would pray that prayer. That he could will something that was contrary to Father’s will – and yet remain sinless. Possessing a will contrary to God’s is not a sign that we should give up, it’s a sign that we have a human body. This is where […]

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Finish well.


Finish well. In an age of so little perseverance I find these words ringing in my ears like the background music on an elevator. Fight the good fight; keep the faith; finish the race. I can’t count how many times I heard Pastor Arnold Lastinger speak these words of challenge into my life. As a young man with no experience I probably rolled my […]

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Missouri & Yale & the gaps in our Gospel.

Members of the student protest group Concerned Student 1950 hold hands following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign.

I’m reading the reports from Missouri and Yale and thinking about the gaps in our Gospel. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23) Woe to those who […]

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5 reasons the Gators will beat Ole Miss this weekend

American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) compete for prime position during a feeding frenzy at the Australian Reptile Park near Sydney, 30 September 2003.  The alligators are exceptionally ravenous having just awoken after five-months hibernation during the southern hemisphere winter.  AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD  (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

5. The Swamp. Noise. Humidity. Sellout. Magic. 4. Hargreaves > Treadwell. WR Laquon Treadwell is great, but CB Vernon Hargreaves III is greater. 3. Catalyst. The last time Ole Miss came to town they served as the catalyst for a Gator national championship, as Tebow gave the legendary speech. Rebels pull greatness out of Gators. 2. Fourth down. The Gators own 4th down. Coach Mac pulls the […]

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Modesty. I know. The word feels retrograde. In the real world, if you’ve got the merchandise, you advertise it. If you’ve got the body, you flaunt it. If you know it, you show it. But there’s something about modesty. There’s something about having more on the inside than we see on the outside. There’s something about meeting someone who surprises […]

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