May 29, 2015

Stop and Smell the Flowers

I am constantly teaching my three-year-old son things. Well, I'm trying to teach him things but at times wonder if he's actually listening. "I know you can hear my voice," I hear myself saying as he covers his face when he doesn't want t…
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May 21, 2015

Recent Church Chats

Over the last couple of months, I've had the opportunity to speak to a few church groups. I led a Wednesday night Bible study time at Union Mound Baptist Church (near Elkland, Missouri). I pastored the church for a couple of years long ago, but they invit…
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May 15, 2015

Dirty End to Legislative Session

The 2015 regular legislative session for the Missouri General Assembly ends today at 6 p.m. Yet, with about 175 legislative items still up for a vote, neither the state House or state Senate met longer than an hour yesterday. Both houses found themselves in a…
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May 12, 2015

The Cellist of Baghdad

In the midst of violence and hatred, the world needs more beauty and love. Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, understands this well. After a bomb ripped through part of Baghdad near his home, he grabbed his cello and a chair and …
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May 8, 2015

Death Penalty

I wrote the cover package for this week's issue of Word&Way (a Baptist newspaper in the Midwest). The cover package includes two themed articles, which are highlighted with the cover graphic. The theme for this issue was "Death Penalty." The…
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Coverage of My Churchnet Sermon

A couple of news articles this week report on my recent sermon at the Churchnet Annual Gathering. Baptist News Global ran a nice article by Bob Allen: 'Colorblindness' Ignores Systemic Racism, Speaker Says . The article does a good job hitting some of …
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May 7, 2015

For Crying Out Loud

I sent out my monthly email update for May , which notes some of my recent work. It also includes a short reflection ("For Crying Out Loud") about my son and be willing to speak out. You can read the update here and subscribe for future editions on …
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May 5, 2015

Tracing Sin by Zip Code

A look at differences between zip codes can tell us a lot about sin in our society. I'm not talking about different levels of who commits what sins. Rather I'm talking about systemic sins that are literally killing people. Some people are rightly cast…
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May 4, 2015

Mission JC

On Sunday, April 26, I hopped in my car and headed downtown towards church. However, I stopped a couple blocks away from the church building and never went in it. No one went to the sanctuary for worship that morning. The worship service wasn't cancelled;…
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May 3, 2015

Old - New

At last weekend's Churchnet Annual Gathering, I set up a photo exhibit as part of the missions banquet. The 20-photo exhibit was called "Old - New: Turkey, Cuba, & Guatemala." It included shots I took for the Baptist World Alliance Annual Ga…
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May 1, 2015

Ride the Bus Day

I voted with my rear end yesterday. As I had encouraged people during a show on JCTV, I attended "Ride the Bus Day" in Jefferson City. I noted during the TV program that when we show up at events, we are voting with our feet and demonstrating what w…
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