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There Oughtta Be A Law

I’ve had several potential blog posts running through my head this week.  Unfortunately, I can’t quite seem to get them to coalesce when I sit down to write.  So, I’m going to give up and go do something distracting for a while.  It’ll probably include drinking a lot of tea and possibly sampling from the McDonald’s late-night menu.  (Sausage biscuits *and* french fries?  Sign me up!)

Before I do that, though, I want to get one thing down on virtual paper – why, do we as Christians, have this bizarre belief that we can legislate morality?

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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Christian Life, Religion

 

Turning Things Around

This article – Six Recent Lessons I Learned From Turnaround Churches – slipped across my twitter feed this afternoon, and I found it incredibly interesting.  Thom Rainer’s been studying churches for years, and one of his recent projects has been studying churches that turned around – that went from dying and declining to growing and prospering in their communities.  The article lists six things, but the very last one stood out to me the most:

The leaders began to focus less on negative people and circumstances and more on God’s possibilities. The leaders became, in God’s power, people of faith instead of people of fear. This spirit of faith became pervasive in the churches. Many of the churches saw a negative and unbelieving church culture become a positive and faith-believing culture.

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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Christian Life

 

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Weekly Reading Roundup

Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading this week – stuff that made me laugh, made me groan, or made me think:

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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Christian Life, Food, Preaching

 

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My Love Affair With Snopes (and Why All Christians Should Bookmark It)

Snopes.com (officially, the Urban Legends Reference Pages) is rapidly becoming my favorite site on the internet.  I found it a few years ago when I was randomly clicking on whatever article sounded interesting on wikipedia.

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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Christian Life

 

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Is Delivery Important?

I was reading an article this weekend about the things that preachers do to kill their own sermons.  I was originally going to write about that, but when I started typing, I couldn’t help but think back to my early life as a preacher, and some of the things I’ve encountered that led me to the philosophy of preaching that I hold to today.  So, maybe I’ll get back to killing your own sermon later.  (I’ve done it enough by this point to call myself an expert.)  For now, I’m just going to talk some about the early days – particularly the idea that you shouldn’t work at improving your delivery.

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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Preaching

 

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Food For a Snowy Night

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I’d catch up with another recipe.  Erin and I both had a day off today thanks to snow, so I was hoping for something warm and filling for dinner, and these chicken thighs more than fit the bill:

Beer-Braised Chicken and Potatoes:

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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Food

 

Hoppin’ John

So, while I’m sitting here watching it snow (barely), and before I duck into bed, I thought I’d update the blog. Tonight, I got the chance to make a nice dinner for Erin, and then the two of us were able to just chill here at home with a movie.  I was pretty pleased with everything – Tilapia dijon (it was supposed to be catfish), hoecakes, and a low-fat strawberry cheesecake.  However, I think we both agreed that the best part of the night was the Hoppin’ John.

Hoppin’ John is a pretty traditional Southern dish – mostly black-eyed peas and rice, and you’re supposed to eat it on New Year’s Day for luck.  Well, I’ve been trying to make this since New Year’s, but several things have conspired to keep it from happening.  Tonight was my night.  Here’s my recipe, spiced up a bit from normal:

Hoppin’ John

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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Food