Now Is All We Have

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Patricia and I just got back from visiting Italy. It is one of our favorite places and we made some great memories in the process. I remember one day in particular, in Florence, in a restaurant, enjoying a good meal. As we sat there I felt the Holy Spirit say, “Be present, be in the…


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THE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE OF WALKING

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One of the things Patricia and I enjoy most about living in Memphis is its fabulous Shelby Farms Park. Having just undergone a $52 million expansion, it is one of the most beautiful parks in America. It’s walking trails draw us several times a week. These late afternoon walks feed us spiritually. Charles Dickens, my…


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Do You Fear Dying?

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This week is the 15th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history. I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on that sunny Tuesday morning back in September 2001. I bet you can too. Thousands began the day thinking everything was fine but died before noon. It scared…


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GOD IS PAYING ATTENTION TO YOU

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I believe one of my highest callings is helping people hear the voice of God in the middle of their lives. Frederick Buechner says, “Any life, his or yours or mine, is a sacred journey into which God comes and speaks–and that’s what makes the journey sacred.” Rachel Roberts, a member of my congregation, sent…


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I Can Face Tomorrow (You Can Too)

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Like so many of you I love the music of Bill and Gloria Gaither. Gloria wrote one song in particular in the 1960s when she was expecting her first child. At that time she and Bill were suffering through some terrible problems. Bill had been seriously ill and their music was being criticized for not…


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RESTING IN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

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I’ve come to believe three things in regards to God’s sovereignty and man’s free will. First, I believe salvation begins and ends with God. We talk a lot about “our” free will as if it were the central issue of life. It isn’t. God is the central issue of life. Had God not chosen us,…


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ANSWERS OR INTIMACY?

Many of us begin our walk of faith thinking that the Bible is a book of answers but really it is a book of questions. Some people are in church not because they are looking for God but because they are looking for answers. I smile at church billboards proclaiming “We Have the Answers.” As…


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Mystics, Clowns, and Artists

How much do you use your imagination in your faith walk with Jesus? I have pondered these words of Malcolm Muggeridge for years: Only mystics, clowns, and artists, in my experience, speak the truth, which as poet and mystic William Blake keeps insisting is perceptible to the imagination rather than the mind. Our knowledge of…


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DIRTY FEET

Have you ever participated in a foot washing service? For me the service is both uncomfortable and wonderful at the same time. I think I share the uneasiness that the disciples must have felt when the Son of God knelt before them. Why on earth would Jesus do such a thing? Foot washing was the…


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Responding Well In 2016

Chuck Swindoll is right. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. As a parent who has buried a child, I am deeply moved by the way Rick and Kay Warren are responding to their son’s death. The first sermon Rick Warren preached after Matthew’s suicide he called, “How…


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