of words and wordsmiths, a warning

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. ~Proverbs 10:19 (NKJV) From childhood, I wanted to be a preacher. The strongest influences on my life were pastors and evangelists. I had not entered double digits in age when I began to understand the power of a well-spoken word. I was […]

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I like big “BUTS” and I cannot lie

When the song, “I like big butts and I cannot lie was at its zenith and featured in Disney’s brilliant animation, Shrek, I wanted to use that phrase as a sermon title. BUT caution got the better of me. So, here I am, all these years later, randomly remembering that the biggest—and best— “buts” the world will […]

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The Barflies and the Baptists | Bible lessons from Miranda Lambert

Sometimes, you like a song because it hits you where you live. It’s lyrics resonate with you, speak truth to your soul, taunt you with their malice, soothe you with their medicine, encourage you with their message. Other times, you find a beat inescapably enjoyable, whether the lyrics mean anything to you or not…or they […]

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An Old Preacher’s Admonition: Please, Quit!

Years ago, when I was a young pastor in California, some well-meaning chowderhead gave me a book titled, Dear Preacher, Please Quit!  (If you were that chowderhead, I apologize…for not telling you sooner.) The book’s author was no Rhodes’ scholar. Nor was he much of a theologian. Nor was he a writer. His name was […]

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