Squeezed In

It was Thursday before Christmas. I needed to squeeze in writing a sermon for Christmas eve somewhere in between cooking several meals for pending parties, getting ready to go camping, putting together a few worship services, choir practice, a birthday party, a concert, the Roberts family Christmas extravaganza and dinner

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Virtues and Viruses

Lots of things are contagious: yawns, colds, the flu. Gratitude is also contagious. When we express thanks to another person, we spread the virtue of gratitude. What tends to go viral, however, in the stores and in our families is impatience and even contempt. Think of how quickly frustration escalates

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Who Is Your Leader?

Another election cycle has ended…and begun. People have been elected to positions at the city, county, state and national levels of government. These elected officials are called “leaders”. There is someone we call our leader, someone we follow. He was not elected by vote, but we elected to follow his

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It’s Not the Music

Many people inside the traditional church have assumed for far too long that a major contributing factor to the decline of Protestant church affiliation in the United States is because the music isn’t “contemporary.” As I read about a recent Pew study regarding the shifting dynamic of religion in the

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