Who Do We Think We Are?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Christian Beliefs, Leading the Church, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Watching Bono‘s apology scroll across my screen has caused me to ask a question on behalf of the the church: Who do we think we are? This week, U2 frontman Bono apologized for the free album that was automatically uploaded to every iTunes account in the world. It’s like people don’t want the free awesomeness that is U2. Could it be that sometimes, people don’t want what we have to give? Actually, that’s exactly...

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Still Rock and Roll to Me

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Discipleship, Leading the Church, Main, Pop Culture | 0 comments

Gene Simmons, famous for his theatrical rock shows with his band, Kiss, has declared “rock music is finally dead.” What he’s actually saying, when the interview is more carefully read, is that the rock music industry is dead. “It’s very sad for new bands. My heart goes out to them. They just don’t have a chance.” He’s not talking about rock and roll. He’s talking about the the institution of the recording industry....

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You’ve Got to Want To

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am about 9. The lights are in my eyes, and I feel like I need to throw up, go to the bathroom, or maybe pass out. There are adults cheering. My parents are encouraging me. And the kids around me are either yelling or staring at me like I am a mortal enemy. If you’re thinking I’m talking about Little League Baseball, you are a very astute individual. The pitcher is throwing the ball towards me. It isn’t really to the catcher,...

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Root Causes

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Economics, General Rant, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

Have you noticed that corruption and decay touch our lives constantly? I see problems in society and culture, across a variety of communities and in every strata of our existence. But do we know the root causes? When my kids act up, I always ask them a simple question. “What was the problem here?” No matter what the answer, “I yelled at my sister,” or “I didn’t take out the trash,” or “I...

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Communism, Facism, and Christianity

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Economics, Leading the Church, Main, Pop Culture, US Politics | 0 comments

Recently, I spent the day with a friend who would probably like nothing better than to exhume Hitler‘s dead body and raise it from the dead just so he could kill him again. Same goes for Stalin and a few other evil world leaders. We had a great conversation about the differences between fascism and communism and why both are hated in this country. I spent much of the morning cringing at his vehemence. It’s not that I don’t...

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Time to Stop Apologizing for Being from Tennessee

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Economics, Main, Pop Culture, Society at Large, US Politics | 13 comments

Stacy Campfield recently entered a bill for consideration in the Tennessee General Assembly. Campfield is a senator from eastern Tennessee known for legislation that attracts the ire of late-night comedians and satirists across the country. As a native Tennessean, I’ve apologized, on occasion, for the perception that we’re all backwoods Neanderthals. That perception often results from negative publicity generated by poorly thought out...

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