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Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Personal Growth, Spiritual | 0 comments

Eight Easy Exercises to Help You Journal about Your Heart

Eight Easy Exercises to Help You Journal about Your Heart

So often when we journal, we think we have to write everything we think, do, and feel. Photo by Ynsle My friend and unofficial mentor Nate Larkin encourages me to use the first few minutes every morning to recap the previous day. This writing is not for publication or note for my future best-selling memoirs. It is to give myself sanity for the day to come. His assignment feels like a daunting task. I want to capture everything, every emotion, every reaction, every sin, and every triumph. Most of the time I don’t think I can get write it all so I write nothing. A few weeks ago, a new friend, Newton Dominey, and I talked about journaling and the barriers to it. I rattled off a few of ideas I’ve picked up along the way to help us journal more strategically. He encouraged me to write them down. Some are my original ideas. Others are not. [Newton owns The Crag, a climbing gym in Franklin, Tenn. Click here to...

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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Spiritual | 0 comments

Of Zombies and Purpose

This morning, I scanned the guide of our cable TV offerings and clicked to watch a bit of one of my favorite movies of all time: “Toy Story”. The zombie toys were attacking Buzz and Woody. I had a funny thought: Then I asked a serious question I’ve asked a lot lately: Why are zombies, vampires, and other mostly dead so popular? The best explanation I’ve heard is from Mike Glenn. You see, over the last year, I’ve had a unique vantage point to watch people. And I’ve seen what Mike is talking about. A businesswoman hustling to a cab clacking her heels on the pavement because she had a chance to catch an earlier plane home. She could make it home before the kids went to bed. A homeless man sucking on a disposable lighter rummage through an ashcan trying to find leftover cigarettes with enough tobacco to get a fix. A wife whispering over and over again, “I’m sorry” as she helps her inebriated husband into a...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in Spiritual | 0 comments

Who Inspires Your Worship?

In church, my dad sang in a rich baritone…quietly, but with great resolve. He sang every word. He meant every word. He was one of the first to stand and always had the hymnbook open early. My dad was my hero, so I picked up those traits. When I grew in faith beginning at 14, I built on the foundation he laid. When I became a dad, I realized that my kids are watching me like I watched my dad. What about worship are they learning? [More on my dad here and here.] Do you have children? What solid lessons are they learning from you about worship? What other lessons are you teaching that you wish you weren’t? Dr. Stephen J. Ortlip, Jr., or Mr. O as he wanted us to be called, taught me the power of corporate worship. His enthusiasm and passion are contagious. Mr. O was the organist/choirmaster at my church growing up. That’s the equivalent of “worship pastor” today. His boundless energy fired me up to...

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Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Prayer, Spiritual | 0 comments

The Lord’s Prayer: For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory Forever. Amen.

Blogger’s note: This is the seventh and final post in a series of posts about The Lord’s Prayer (read first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth). I’d love to hear your thoughts about magnifying God. Please comment below. The controversial ending to The Lord’s Prayer does not appear in some of the manuscripts of the gospel of Matthew. In many Bibles, footnotes mark this fact. Biblical scholars fill in the details from history. The words echo 1 Chronicles 29:11, a psalm of thanksgiving written by David in response to the outpouring of offerings for the construction of the temple. The worlds became the response of God’s people in the synagogue. After a prayer was offered, the people would respond, “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” Christians carry on the tradition even today. Bible commentator Matthew Henry highlighted this verse. The temple was built for the glory of God, David’s psalm points to the worship of God, and those who say these words are intended to be conduits of praise...

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Posted by on Oct 19, 2007 in Spiritual | 0 comments

Scary Stats for Prepping Parents of Future Freshmen

Protestant churches are losing young adults in “sobering” numbers, a survey finds. Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30—both evangelical and mainline—who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research. And 34% of those said they had not returned, even sporadically, by age 30. That means about one in four Protestant young people have left the church. Read the rest of the...

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