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Apr
15

Three Cheers for Celibacy

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Sometimes in the life of the church we need to reclaim a forgotten or dormant teaching. My sense is that now is such a time and that the teaching we need to dust off and put into practice is celibacy. Celibacy is not a very popular idea. We Protestants see the Catholic Church overdoing it…
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Feb
25

What I Learned from Dean Smith

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The longtime coaching icon Dean Smith died earlier this month. Newspapers here in North Carolina haven’t stopped running coverage of his life, his death, and his legacy in the weeks since his passing. His was a life of such substance that he left an incredibly large wake. I was on an airplane when I heard…
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Jan
26

4 Ways to Become a Horrible Pastor

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No one sets out to be a horrible pastor, it just sort of happens. My guess is you aren’t reading this article to learn how to be more horrible as a pastor, but to make sure that you aren’t on the list. Sometimes horrible pastors are bad from the very beginning, but often they don’t…
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Dec
31

Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord

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I am in the intensive care unit of the hospital, waiting for a patient to have a breathing tube placed down her airway. I have spent the past 5-10 minutes holding my patient’s hand and praying for her at her request, hearing her prayers and her praising God. She asked that I stay in the…
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Dec
22

Why Do We Blame the World for Being the World?

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This weekend I received a well-intentioned but misplaced charge against the world. In the form of a song, it went something like this: “If the store clerk doesn’t greet you with ‘Merry Christmas’ but rather a ‘Happy Holidays’ or some other secular form of greeting, leave the store and go find one that still believes…
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