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These Southern sayings just bless my heart

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 These Southern sayings just bless my heart

I love the South, especially the way we talk. My first pastorate took me to the Midwest. Some Midwesterners talked funny. They would talk about the “crick” when they were referring to the “creek.” The roof of a house was pronounced rough and the car for some people was the kerr.

No native Midwesterner said “Y’all.” Instead, it was you guys. Down here, we ask for Coke, which might mean any cola, but up there is was pop, or maybe soda, as in “Would you like a pop?”
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My rememberer is broke and that’s no joke

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Every Monday morning, our staff gathers for a brief prayer time to dedicate the week to God and ask for His guidance. Recently, we previewed the week and  mentioned several needs. Only a few seconds later, I led in prayer and immediately went blank on a person we had just named. It’s not like I’ve never met her. I know her. Sometimes I feel like I’m losing my mind.
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Having babies is definitely for the young

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I shared in a sermon on June 30 that our newest grand baby, due July 11,would come on Friday, July 5. It was just a projection. I knew her sister, our first grandchild, came one week early. That year I was hoping to get through Easter Sunday, and Harper was born on the Monday after Easter. Great timing!

This year, I told the Sunday morning crowd that surely I’d get to run the Peachtree Road Race after finally getting a number. I lost the entry lottery this year, but that’s another story. Read More»

Not being fed? Maybe it’s time to take responsibility for yourself

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A pastor friend called, greatly distressed because one of his core church members had informed him that his family was leaving the church because he was not being fed. If you really want to master the art of church grumbling, that is one statement that you must know how to use: “I’m not being fed.” Read More»

Hernandez tale leaves us shaking our heads

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The fall of Aaron Hernandez was at the top of the news most of last week. The former Florida Gator and now former New England Patriot was arrested for allegedly taking the life of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who news reports said was dating his fiancee’s sister. He’s innocent until proven guilty, but Hernandez was arrested for murder and weapons charges.

Hernandez was a blessed man. Last August, the Patriots liked him so much they gave him a $40 million contract. He lives in a $1.7 million house. He is a New England celebrity. The organization believed in him. Read More»

Pick a church, or several churches?

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Sociologists are reporting they see a trend that a number of church goers are regularly attending multiple churches in the course of a week or month. Several years ago, in an email column entitled “Monday Morning Insight” (www.mmiblog.com), an article attributed to The New York Times stated that more Christians are picking and choosing among programs and ministries that satisfy their personal needs. These folks are fine with floating from church to church. Read More»

Don’t mean to sound preachy, but ...

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Her picture in the paper depicted her as a beautiful young lady. Bright eyes, cheerful countenance, a mischievous smile. Kirby was a good kid from a good, middle class family just like the families in our community. Her driver’s license was only four days old. She and about 40 other classmates from Shiloh High School in Gwinnett County were partying one Friday night several years ago. The midnight hour approached, and as she was rushing home to make curfew, she lost control of her mother’s car as she sped around a curve on a winding, hilly road. Read More»

VBS: Facing fear, trusting Go

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What are you most afraid of? Heights? Failure? Riding over long bridges? Who was it that sang “I don’t like spiders and snakes ...”?

I read this week that psychologists have identified 628 kinds of phobias. For instance, achluophobia is fear of darkness; bathmophobia is fear of stairs or steep slopes; belonephobia is fear of pins and needles; cacophobia is fear of ugliness; amnesiphobia is fear of ... I can’t remember that one. Mageirocophobia is fear of cooking. The list goes on and on. Read More»

Ten things I love about my mother

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Tony Campolo’s homemaker wife attended a faculty gathering at the University of Pennsylvania with her professor husband. A sociologist asked her, “What do you do, my dear?”

Her reply? “I am socializing two homo sapiens in the dominant values of the Judeo-Christian tradition in order that they might be instruments for the transformation of the social order into the teleologically prescribed utopia inherent in the eschaton.”

In other words, “I’m a mother, and a pretty good one at that!” Read More»

Age is just a number

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Last week, I presided over the funeral of a 96-year-old lady. She was a remarkable woman who graduated from hospice twice. The first time she willed herself out, she told her daughters, “I’m not going to die, I’m going home.” And she did.

Shortly after that, she walked in Southwest Christian Hospice’s 5K and raised the second-highest amount of money. Two days before falling and breaking some ribs, she had been on her treadmill and exercise bike.

When I visited her in the hospital, I asked, “Don’t you want to make it to 100? You’re so close.”
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