Category Archives: Family

Why do we do that? (Baptism)

(Originally preached on 5/20/2012 at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church; Laurel, Mississippi.) Today is Ascension Sunday. The Ascension is a monumental event in redemptive history. Our Scripture readings, hymns, and prayers so far have explored that theme. Christ reigns forever as King … Continue reading

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Moving away vs. moving on

Seven years ago, we moved away. We had to move. I had lost my job: more precisely: I had been removed from it, and at the same time, my wife and children found that most of their friends had been … Continue reading

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Epiphany: What if …

In most movie versions of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, there is one detail they get horribly wrong. It has to do with the arrival of the various ghosts. You may think you know this by heart: “Expect the first when … Continue reading

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Fun Size Snickers Sacrificed to Idols?

A discussion over on someone’s Facebook page the other day reminded me that there are still a lot of people who take Jack Chick tracts very seriously, as well as Mike-Warnke-type people on the evangelism circuit who make sensationalistic claims … Continue reading

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The Day Everything Changed

Today I got a message on Facebook from a friend from my college days. It said, “Would you please pray for my pastor and his wife today, (names withheld)? They are under serious attack from members of our church body. … Continue reading

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Problem with Santa?

Jon Acuff over at Stuff Christians Like has a great post today about “The Santa Problem.” (Aside, let me just say that I am glad I have stuck by my intentional avoidance of “Christian” radio and “Christian” music in general … Continue reading

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The Great O Antiphons: O Adonai

2. O Adonai (O Lord) — Dec. 18 Pray: “O Adonai and ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai:  Come with an outstretched arm and redeem … Continue reading

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