Depression: Walking on Water

For those who don’t know, I am blessed to be a part of the Tyndale Blog Network. I say blessed because it provides me with reading material that doesn’t cost money. It’s been a hit with my wife (in saving money) other than the fact that it does add to my already too-large book collection. So, I might be termed a book lover/hoarder aka bibliophile. Because of this opportunity with Tyndale, I am able to branch out and read books that are outside of my comfort zone. These are books that I acknowledge are potential good reads, I might peruse them in a book store, but I just don’t have the unlimited coffers to purchase them with. I opted for a book titled Walking on Water: When You Feel Like You’re Drowning by Tommy Nelson and Steve...

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Distracted?

Today was a long day. On the way home, I decided to go ahead and get the weekly grocery store stop out of the way. My destination was that place known as Walmart, otherwise called he…you get the point. I hate going to Walmart. I hate shopping. For the record, if food wasn’t so good, I’d starve. Anyway, I completed the first leg of my journey which involved the obstacle course known as the place where I work’s construction traffic. After that, I jump on the stretch of interstate and run a shorter version of the Daytona 500. There’s a particular stretch where everyone in the right lane likes to see how far below the minimum speed limit they can go and still keep moving. The other lane is full of all the ticked off people weaving in and...

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We See, In Part.

We See, In Part.

This passage grows in stature for me each year, it seems: I Corinthians 13:9-12 ESV For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. I used this passage as a tangential point to my lesson today with our Reason youth group at New Hope. We were in Romans 6 and were discussing grace and why we don’t keep sinning. As I was working up my notes for this week, the above passage came to mind. It so succinctly says, we see only in part right now. My...

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Five Key Points from Romans 4

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to serve at New Hope‘s weekly gathering, called Momentum. Momentum is where Pastor Lyn leads us in a Bible study. Right now, the series, called Truth That Transforms, is on Romans. (See we have the complete Baptist alliteration thing going on!) It’s a small little Bible study, but it’s one that has really pushed me. Romans is a unique book. It’s the basics of our Christian faith, but it will put your mind in full workout mode because it’s not as simple as it might sound. It’s demanding. I’m talking CrossFit workout demanding . Big words like propitiation, justification and other -ations lurk in just about every chapter. Now Romans is a book that scares me. I spent some time...

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On God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC

On God & Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC

I’ll seriously try not to make this your typical book review. I promise. One of the gifts I look forward to each Christmas is a gift card to either Books-A-Million or Barnes and Noble. Everyone talks about being a visual learner, hand learner, or non-learner. I would have to fall under the category of textual learner. (Yes, that automatically makes me a weird person, I know, but I do know some pretty random trivia as a result. Just call me Ken-Jennings-Junior-Not.) You can ask my friends, I remember odd things as well, like once at Battle of the Sexes where I remembered the name of all three of the Power Puff Girls. For the record, their names are Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup and also for the record I carried the men that night to a smashing victory on...

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Roll Tide Roll!

Roll Tide Roll!

If you are a guy – you’ve probably caught my completely not-subtle reference to that little event that usually goes down on Saturday’s and typically involves some food and a large, comfortable chair while some guys in same-colored clothes chunk around a funny-shaped ball. (If you are a female and you caught the reference, hopefully some lucky guy has you already, because you’re a catch!) The phrase “Roll Tide Roll!” is southern for “Go Alabama!” (…or possibly Alabamer dependent upon what part yer kin folk might hail from). In literature this is known as a metaphor. Basically, that means it’s something like a symbol, a metaphor stands for something else. When Alabama fans chant this phrase, they don’t literally mean lay down and roll like the...

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