The Great SC Flood of 2015

on October 6, 2015 awareness, Discipleship and Tags: , , , , , , , , , with 0 comments

Record rains in SC that produced a flood that no one could have truly anticipated. It is overwhelming to see the absolute power of such torrential amounts of water, bursting the dams of lakes and ponds, flooding the roadways, washing away large trucks and crushing houses. Some speak of the power of “Mother Nature.” But […]

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What the Heart Desires

on August 26, 2015 awareness, Discipleship and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

Emily Dickinson once wrote:“The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care”. That is likely an accurate portrayal of so much of what prevails in our culture. The very nature of the prosperity gospel shapes and molds God into a heavenly Santa Claus dispatching our every wish. I am guessing that […]

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The Faithful Sower

on August 17, 2015 awareness, Discipleship, Mission and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

In Mark 4:1-9 we have a parable from Jesus that the Bible I am reading this morning calls “The Sower.” But I want to focus on the opening of the story on an aspect of this that strikes me as “the faithful sower.” Jesus says, “Listen! A sower went out to sow.” At least three […]

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We Scatter the Seed.

on August 14, 2015 awareness, Discipleship and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

I scattered the seed. I didn’t get as much harvest as I had hoped. Truthfully, as I sit this morning on my back porch I can see the final green in my tomato plants fading into the dried out brown from the heat. The rest of the garden is overgrown now with weeds. It was […]

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Outside the Box

on July 11, 2015 awareness, Discipleship, Fresh Wind, Mission, Spiritual Awakening and Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , with 0 comments

What kind of box do you have your life and world view packaged in? Ultimately with our systems and denominational perspectives, and ecclesiological ideas we all have boxes and labels and areas of comfort.Because of the changing world around us, I am finding myself more and more often in conversations with people who will ultimately […]

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How does Your Garden Grow?

on July 5, 2015 awareness, Discipleship and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

How does your garden grow? If we consider the mission of God on every Christian, let’s consider the impact of our involvement in this mission as planting a garden. Of course we plant a garden with a view for a harvest. But in reality, what is our responsibility? What can we do? The title is […]

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Multiplying Disciples is the Only Option

on June 12, 2015 Awakening, Discipleship, Mission and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

It is interesting to study the book of Acts and note how quickly the early disciples became a multiplying movement. I am astounded that Luke tells us the exact numbers until the church has become more than 20 or 30,000 and then he starts speaking of a multitude. Later when Paul writes to Timothy he […]

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How do You Deal with “IT”?

on June 8, 2015 awareness, Discipleship and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

I attended a worship service yesterday where the young man speaking had two main points in his message: (1) It happens, and (2) If “It” is not good, God is not finished with “It” yet.I think I agree with that, not that my agreement matters. Obviously everything that happens in our lives is not good. […]

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Logs, Crocodiles, Proverbs, and Born Again!

on April 7, 2015 awareness, Discipleship, Spiritual Awakening and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

Working among the Bambara people of Mali I discovered a new appreciation for proverbs. They have one for so many dimensions of life. One of my favorite is, ‘No matter how long a log floats on the river, it can never become a crocodile.” When I asked what does that mean, I was told, it […]

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Abnormally Normal!

on March 23, 2015 awareness, Discipleship and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

What does it mean to be a Normal Christian? I would suggest the answer to that question is all wrapped up in the definition of normal. There seems to be little doubt that the English language is complex. Someone asks, for example, “How are you doing?” Often someone answers by saying, “I am good.” Unfortunately, […]

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