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This evening I’m sitting in a great little espresso bar in Black Mountain, North Carolina called Perks. The next time you’re in town, stop by, give a shoutout to Peter (the owner), and have a coffee or smoothie in a really cool environment surrounded by the Black Mountain Range. While…

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Food Show Mania

Recently, I’ve developed a casual interest in a variety of television cooking shows. Ironically, I can’t cook much of anything–I specialize in eating. Oh, I can serve a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich along with a decent pot of coffee, but that’s about it. I’m not sure why I…

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Chick-Fil-A Church

The average church could learn a lot from Chick-fil-A. Last night my family dropped by for a casual dinner. As usual, we had a wonderful experience. Good food, great service, fair prices! Their mission statement is simple, “Be America’s Best Quick-Service Restaurant!” The founder, Truett Cathy, may well have fulfilled…

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3-Minute Rule

Last night, we were hosted by the Mt. Washington First Baptist Church where the new International Mission Board chairman, Dr. Paul Chitwood, serves as pastor. Darryl Wilson of The Sunday School Revolutionary, Alan Witham, and I, led an assimilation conference as a part of our tour around Kentucky. During one of…

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Great Shrimp & Great Preaching

I’m in Florida for a few days for a series of meetings. Let me begin by saying, yum–yum! Today, I ate fresh Gulf shrimp for lunch then turned around and ate them again for dinner. I love fresh seafood. The little town of Graceville has a family-owned place called Grady’s…

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Spiritual Ruts

Have you ever found yourself in a spiritual rut? Since being a disciple is a lifelong journey, there’s obviously going to be ups and downs. I’ve found that consistently practicing spiritual disciplines helps to reduce the impact of spiritual ruts, but ruts are still going to come. Here’s a great article…

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Home Sweet Home

This morning I’m sitting in the lobby of the new Hampton Inn in Pikeville, Kentucky after leading an assimilation event last night in the area. As I type, I’m looking up the hill at the Pikeville College campus where I began my formal studies. I spent two semesters at the college…

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W.W.J.D. Becomes W.W.A.D.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4…

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The “Real” Apostle Paul

“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which…

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A Tribute to Bill Keightley

Last night, Bill Keightley, long-time equipment manager for the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball program, died at the age of 81 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Keightley, affectionally known as “Mr. Wildcat,” was in Cincinnati for the Reds opener as he was every year. Here’s a moving MEMORIAL VIDEO TRIBUTE set to…

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