Monthly Archives: September 2011

Nashville’s Flood, Fire, & Ferocious Winds

Nashville has had a flood and it brought out the best in people.  It was so exciting to see so many people volunteer their time and give their money to help their friends, neighbors, and even strangers. After the Nashville … Continue reading

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A Forgotten American Folk Song’s Powerful Message

I live in Nashville, Music City; however, we don’t hear songs like this old American folk song in Nashville or on MTV:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtlxoRAAHVU Our culture has changed and the message of this song is no longer heard (or even tolerated).  … Continue reading

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Is The Denial Of God Anti-Intellectual?

Here is my definition of anti-intellectual:  opposing or indifferent to an intellectual approach; basing an opinion on personal presuppositions and/or emotion, rather than on reason. The rejection of the idea of God is based on an unproven, irrational presupposition — the view … Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Spiritual Condition

Perhaps the most dangerous spiritual condition is to sincerely believe that you are saved (right with God) when you are not.  Let me give you an example. Suppose I ship you all the tickets you need to a great event … Continue reading

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Jesus (And The Thoughts He Brings To My Mind)

I wrote down “Jesus.”  Now I am going to write what comes from my heart.  I love Jesus.  He is more real to me than the air I breathe.  He sustains me, strengthens me, comforts me, challenges me, inspires me, … Continue reading

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What The Church Can Learn From Country Music, Yall

I’m from Nashville, Music City — home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Mother Church of Country Music.  Here are some things that the church can learn from Country Music: *  Let people tell their stories.  Country songs tell heart-felt stories.  People … Continue reading

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What The Church Can Learn From Sports Tailgating

Millions of people love to gather in stadium parking lots for pre-game tailgating parties.  According to the American Tailgaters Association (more than 300,000 members), between 20 – 50 million Americans tailgated in a stadium parking lot in 2006. Here is a quotation I found … Continue reading

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How To Regularly Experience The Inner Flow Of The Holy Spirit

Jesus promised His followers an inner flow of the Holy Spirit.  He said:  “Out of your inner most being shall flow rivers of living water.”  This is not just theology, theory, or doctrine, but an actual, ongoing experience. Believers have amazing spiritual … Continue reading

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