In Tuskegee. At Booker T. Washington

May 4, 2018
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There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13, NLT) A hero. Someone who trades their own life for the life of others. Warriors. Soldiers. First Responders. Courageous bystanders. A high school Principal. Brelinda Sullen. Tuskegee, Alabama. Booker T Washington High School (BTW). Against the odds. In the […]

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The Smell of Heaven

April 27, 2018

The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. (Rev. 5:8) I was just a few hours from walking back into my house after being on the road for several days.  When that happens, when I walk from the […]

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Jesus on the Banjo

April 23, 2018

Bela Fleck. It seems that I was almost the only one in my family who didn’t know his music or his prowess. Bela is considered by many to be the finest banjo player in the world. Nearly 60 years old, he was named after renowned classical composer Bela Bartok. Over the course of Fleck’s career, […]

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Spend Freely…

April 13, 2018

We make lists… we write notes… we use an app called Wunderlist… we send text messages, all for the purpose of remembering to buy something that we’re out of. You’ve got a list. We all do. Exhaustible resources. Our refrigerators are empty, our gas tanks need to be filled, our cupboards look bare. Much of […]

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Then. And Now.

April 6, 2018

It was a bright Spring day in Franklin, Michigan. April 8, 1978. At 7PM, with the wedding attendants at the front of the church, Mary and her dad moved in front of the double doors at the back of the church. I could see her. The dress she wore was ivory, satin and beautiful. A […]

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The Joy of Juni

March 16, 2018
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It was two and a half years ago that Eunice Cargo moved into Peakview Assisted Living. She’s been a beautiful part of this community. She knows the names of the residents and she smiles and greets them, often without reciprocation. Enter, Juni. Juni is our 15-month-old granddaughter, and Eunice’s great-granddaughter. On Monday morning, Juni and […]

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The Commemorative Issue

March 9, 2018

America’s Preacher (Time Magazine – Billy Graham Commemorative Issue) Remembering America’s Man of God (Newsweek – Billy Graham Commemorative Issue) The accolades flowed like Colorado streams after a spring thaw. From print to video. From spoken word to lyrics sung. Pastor to the Presidents. Evangelist to the world. But the word that surfaced over and […]

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From a Tent in Charlotte… Celebrating Billy

March 2, 2018

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” (John 6:9, ESV) A boy. With a meal. It’s hard to imagine what thoughts raced through the head and heart of the boy who offered his barley bread and fish to Andrew. His meal, relinquished. […]

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On the day that Billy Graham died, I heard him preach

February 23, 2018

At 7:33AM Eastern Time, on February 21st, Billy Graham, the first, full-time Evangelist in our Youth For Christ mission tugged oxygen out of his last breath, and then marched humbly into glory. Graham, a profound amplifier of the name and fame of Jesus the Christ. Graham, by his own admission, a sinner, saved by grace. […]

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kollaō

February 19, 2018

Cling. Cleave. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9, NKJV – my emphasis) Like glue. To good. And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. (Mark 10:18, ESV) Jesus turned a question from a wealthy young ruler on its […]

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