The Comparison Game (a meditation on things that divide us)

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4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor […]

‘Yes’ in a World of ‘No’

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Recently my town decided to graffiti its own Main Street sidewalks with the message: no bicycles or skateboards. I’m sure the intention is safety. People walk in and out of the shops and storefronts, and you don’t want anyone young or old to be taken out by a person on a bicycle. But it made […]

Remembering who you are…

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1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him […]

A ‘Culture of Grace’

I was reading an article recently detailing the fall of a megachurch pastor. In the midst of it, the author made the point not to ascribe one man’s sins to the group. In other words, big church doesn’t equal big ego. The author pointed out another megachurch pastored by a man of humility and grace. […]

Racism and the Gospel (aka ‘Not in Our Churches’)

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I am an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma (2003). Thanks to Trinity Baptist Church of Norman and the Baptist Student Union, my three years in the Sooner State were some of the most spiritually formative of my life. I have great love for my alma mater—I by far own more clothing advertising the school […]

Don’t Settle for Silver

Now the country that we came from, They play silver melodies, And the kings and queens would write their dreams, On silver pages we would read. … We were taken through the shadows, Were we carried through the night, When the sun appeared, My God my fears of silver melted in the light, And we […]