New Year Resolution: Better “Out Loud Time”


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life
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It’s that time of year again.  Resolutions.  The New Year welcomes full gyms and empty bank accounts. For many Christians it also brings more attention to Bible-reading/devotional plans and “quiet time” discipline. I certainly hope to be more diligent in that respect. The “quiet time” has become stock language for Christians. By it we mean […]

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December 20, 2016

You’ve Elected Trump, Now Start Fostering & Adopting


Christian Life, Church Life, Current Events
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I didn’t vote for Donald Trump.  We live in a “red” state where the Republican candidate could’ve spared 650,000 third-party votes without affecting the outcome.  We could’ve helped loosen the media’s stranglehold on the two-party system.   And we could’ve helped to field more promising candidates in 2020.  In reality, a vote for Trump in Tennessee was […]

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November 9, 2016

And God said, “Let there be Dark”


Biblical Meditations, Mark
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At  9am on a bright Friday morning, Roman soldiers crucified Jesus like they’d done a thousand other derelicts (Mk 15.25).  They drove spikes through his wrists or maybe they toenailed his hands.  They likely drove spikes through his heels on either side of the cross. They shot dice for his clothes.  Souvenirs of a Man hung […]

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November 1, 2016

Nineteen Years a Queen


Marriage & Family
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Tradition suggests bronze or chili pepper roses for our 19th wedding anniversary.  We certainly don’t need another bronze sculpture. You’re not one for chili peppers or flowers so chili pepper roses seemed especially uninspiring.  And you’d rather get your fine jewelry from Target’s clearance rack. So, what’s a husband to do?  This husband can offer what he does least worst: […]

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August 16, 2016

“We have celebrities but not saints”


Current Events, Psalms, Quotes of Interest
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Eugene Peterson wrote in 1983, before the Internet and smartphones: “The puzzle is why so many people live so badly.  Not so wickedly, but so inanely.  Not so cruelly, but so stupidly.  There is little to admire and less to imitate in the people who are prominent in our culture.  We have celebrities but not […]

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June 2, 2016

Ain’t No Bible on Rocky Top


Biblical Meditations
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Tennessee legislators recently sought to make history.  They voted to declare the Bible the official state book of Tennessee that if signed would’ve been the first such law ever in America.  Tennessee has a state tree (tulip poplar), state bird (mockingbird), state butterfly (zebra swallowtail), and state fish (largemouth bass, of course).  Why not a state […]

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April 21, 2016