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Saturday Song – Where The Streets Have No Name

Where The Streets Have No Name  by U2 is one of my favorite songs. It is spiritually, theologically, and sociologically deep. Tomorrow at 10:15 am in Temple, TX, we launch The Vine Church and this will be our feature song. It is a kind of prayer for where we want to go as community of […]

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Tough Sledding: How To Read Difficult Books

As a preacher, church and community leader and comunicator, I do a great deal of reading, studying and research. Much of this is difficult technical and academic literature. This reading gives people the illusion that I’m smarter than the average bear, but that’s not really true. Truth is, even though I read a lot of demanding material; I’m not a natural […]

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Breakdown, The First Steps of Deconstructing Your Paradigm

Reading the Bible isn’t as easy as I was taught as a child. For instance, a few months ago I walked a group of people through a class entitled, A Dangerous Word. Essentially we examined how we read scripture. It’s obvious – given the 1,000’s of Christian denominations – that people and ecclesiological traditions read the […]

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Six Messages Kids Need To Hear

Yesterday I shared a post dealing with Barbara Coloroso’s Kids Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child The Gift Of Inner Discipline. Part of Coloroso’s work is teaching parents the six critical messages kids need. I think you’ll find you need them too. What messages are you sending to your kids? How do you communicate […]

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Have We Missed the Heart of the Gospel?

Reconciliation is the heart of the gospel. People have tried to have me think it’s something different. They’ve tried to tell me it’s about answers to 16th Century theo/political questions. They’ve tried to tell me it’s about saving the American family. They’ve tried to tell me it’s about 5 acts of worship. They’ve tried to […]

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