In Search of Wisdom — A Tale of Two Restaurants

It’s not the wisest thing I spend money on, but I’ve always enjoyed eating out. Options were scarce in rural Mississippi. Western Sizzlin’ was a fantastic treat (not there), and the fried pickles at The Desert Inn (still there) were truly to die for. Then again, so was the double cheese at Wendy’s. It was the love of great food and a stellar dining experience that led me to wait tables while earning my masters. I cut my table waiting teeth at a moderately priced seafood restaurant in Birmingham, AL named Landry’s (I think it’s still there). I had a […]

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Where is the “Therefore” (or Why Woody Allen Doesn’t Make Any Sense)?

Tim Keller: The modern man or woman says, “We can know nothing about whether there’s a God, what the meaning of life is, whether human nature is sinful or not, the nature of moral absolutes, life after death. We can’t know these things,” and then says, “But racism is wrong, violence is wrong, but sexually you can do whatever you feel is right for you.” In other words, morality is not based on a therefore. Morality is not based on any convictions about the nature of things. Therefore, all modern moral prescriptions are baseless. For example, if you say racism […]

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Wednesdays With … James: Don’t Forget to Ask this One Thing of God

My three-year-old daughter was completely taken aback as she slowly approached the hauntingly beautiful and somewhat unsettling creature perched on a low branch just off the hiking trail. Even she couldn’t speak as she stopped to watch it slowly swivel its skull from left to right, scanning out over the lake presumably in search of prey. Her experience with this bird of prey reminded me of this classic children’s nursery rhyme. A wise old owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we all be […]

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Wednesdays With … James: Developing a Faith of Integrity

The site 99percentinvisible.org once reported that Citicorp Center in Manhattan was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world when built in 1977. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top, but it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine stories are stilts. The design originated with the need to accommodate The design originated with the need to accommodate St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, which occupied one corner of the building site at 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue in mid-town Manhattan.The stilts suspend the building […]

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Doubling Down on Delight

Does Jesus want you to achieve your life’s hopes and dreams, or is He your hope and dream? In John 6, there is a fantastic shift in affection for Jesus with regard to the general public. To the degree that He meets their materialist needs, Jesus is a smash hit. Yet the moment He calls the public on the carpet to be all about Him on His terms, not theirs, Jesus quickly becomes a one-hit wonder, ministering to a bewildered Sunday school class instead of thousands. A consumer is a huge fan of a company to the extent that its products meet […]

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Present, Compassionate, and Prayerful

I came across Matthew 9:35-38 recently and was struck by how present Jesus was. 35 Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” It is all too easy to “minister” in a detached and sanitary […]

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Guilty as Hell

Several years ago, a lovely young lady got her first (and only) speeding ticket. I can spin this ticket a couple of different ways. I could say she was going 40 MPH in a 15 MPH school zone … while school was getting out. True story. But I could also tell you her car clock was set an hour ahead of actual time … that there were no children present … that she was pregnant and little off her game. Would these latter facts change your opinion of this lady’s guilt? She was very prepared to share all of this […]

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Wednesdays With … James—The Book we Love to Hate and Hate to Love

Today’s post is the first of many planned “Wednesday’s With” posts in which we will explore a book of the Bible together verse by verse. We begin with the book we all love to hate and hate to love: James. With whom or what do you have a love/hate relationship? I asked this of a class recently, and “laundry” was the first response. My list included National Public Radio and e-mail. I scream at both but can’t seem to turn either off. If there is a book of the Bible with which Christians have a love/hate relationship, I think it’s […]

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Two Reasons to Keep Reading your Bible this Summer

It’s nearly summer, which means that all of our routines are getting ready to go out the window, including the rhythm of our Bible reading. Already we are several chapters “behind” where our plans tell us we should be, and no amount of alerts, notifications, or dated pages can inspire us to “catch up.” Throw in summer, and we may not read God’s Word until August. So, rather than pile on the guilt you may already feel, can I spread a little liberty your way? Take a look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and be inspired to read your Bible for […]

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