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The Reality of Grammy Idols

I was so utterly discouraged Wednesday after my talk to nearly 150 teen girls, I couldn’t even write this article.  I couldn’t look at their evaluations of my program and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t overcome my despair.  I was spent. See, mid-day on Monday I began preparing for my speech to this group.   Since I am now in my thirties — can’t believe I’m saying that —I thought it might be a good idea to do a little…

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Does your Church even matter?

My title might look like a ridiculous question, but it is one that needs to be asked by each and every one of us. So, does your church matter? Your initial response was probably like mine: “Of course! Every church matters.” OK then, what makes your church matter? The answer to this question is inextricably linked to another question — Is your church full of disciples who are passionately concerned with making more disciples? If you had to honestly answer,…

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The Curse of a “Good” Life

I’m sure your life is good.  Normal.  Your life is a perfect picture of someone living out the American dream.  Life is not perfect.  You have your ups and downs.  But, you have a family and have landed a decent job.  Fun, social events and day trips fill your calendar.  Maybe you even attend church sometimes.  Anyone observing your day-to-day activities would conclude that things are, well, good. Tonight as I sat in my living room floor, Bible open, King…

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