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I Need a Mentor When?

It’s always humbling when I confess to ‘flying solo’ through most of my adult life. So many mistakes that could have been avoided . . . pain not inflicted. A huge hunk of my calling is to be for a few younger guys what I wish someone had been for me. As I’ve become a…

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Remember-WWJD

Remember WWJD?

“What would Jesus do?” Remember the bracelets? And what a great question! The idea was lifted from a (very old) book called In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon. This short little book was first published in 1896 and has sold over 30 million copies. Talking about shelf life! Asking what Jesus would do is…

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Laugh at Yourself

Sometimes what comes out of your mouth isn’t at all what you meant. Yogi Berra, who died recently was famous for his ‘Yogi-isms.’ Like all of us, Berra was a combination of pride and humility. After being fired as Yankee manager, he didn’t come to Yankee Stadium for 14 years. That’s pride. Yet he would…

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What It Means To Be Lost

Growing up Baptist means you grow up to become ‘lost.’ And it’s not just me, it’s lost family members and lost neighbors. In fact, it’s a category . . . ‘the lost.’ It all makes sense. You’re protected by your childhood innocence until you reach the ‘age of accountability.’ (I couldn’t find that term in…

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An Indestructible Life

An Indestructible Life

“ . . . one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” (Hebrews 7:16) So what makes a life ‘indestructible’? The author of Hebrews was talking about Jesus who certainly lived out that definition .…

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A Fragrance of Christ

A Fragrance of Christ

We knew this day would come. It comes for everyone. The day I had my last coffee with my friend Regina was the day they’d put in the port for her chemotherapy. Last Sunday at 11:44 am . . .when thousands of pastors were preaching the Gospel in churches all over the world, this dear…

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When To Quit

I’ll never forget meeting with an entrepreneur who was looking for investment in his startup company. His idea wasn’t all that unique . . . in fact it wasn’t unique at all. I asked how long he’d been at it. He said “A little over a year.” I asked how he’d funded things so far.…

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Who Is Bob Goff?

Who Is Bob Goff?

Every now and then, a person comes along who is truly unique and different. When I met Bob Goff a few years ago, I thought, “Wow, this is one more crazy Jesus-follower!” Bob is a lawyer by trade, but a difference-maker in life. Currently, he is building schools in third world countries . . .…

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The Future is a ‘Who’

I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Always have. I have that ‘planner’ thing going on . . . always thinking about “what if we . . .” and “wonder what would happen if . . .” and “if we don’t, then . . .” Part of that is a good thing.…

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‘100% All Natural’ Marriage

We’re buying ‘100% natural’ food these days . . . and lots of it. ‘100% natural’ is locked into our noggins as positive, even though we don’t always know what it means or why it’s better or even different. But what if someone offered you a ‘100% natural’ marriage? Would you want it? What would…

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