Freshly Sane

This just in from my friend, Dave McCarty. “How can I tell when I’m indifferent to Jesus? When I don’t like dependency, weakness, feeling helpless, embarrassed. When my flesh vibrates to strong, together, confident. When I begin to obsess over my next car, vacation, purchase, or ministry strategy. Because, deep down, I evidently believe that…

This Week’s Top 10

What is going on this week? 1. Dinner at Karlene and Rich Cannon’s home with their family group (Monday)2. Kristy and I began the P90X workout (After only 3 days I am unspeakably sore!)3. Ann Ferris has extra rehearsals for a play that she is in next week4. Schaeffer’s weekly tennis lesson (today)5. Sarah Wynn…

The Significance of Reading for the Preacher

I’ve got to go read, but first this… : ) “What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear, to this day, is want of reading. I scarce ever knew a preacher who read so little. And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. Hence your talent in…

Talladega Superspeedway

Driving back from Memphis last Friday I passed the Talladega Superspeedway on I-20. I had never seen the area on the weekend of a NASCAR race, and was amazed to see so many people in RVs and tents for the weekend. There are two big-time races in Talladega (and they have changed the name from…

Missional Motivation

After John the Baptizer denies being the Christ in John 1, he sees Jesus and tells his disciples, “Look, the Lamb of God.” Next we read, “When the two disciples heard him say this, the followed Jesus.” What a great picture of true discipleship. John gathered men to himself with the purpose of leading them…

Memphis Trip

I got back today from a short support trip to Elvis’ hometown and my birthplace, Memphis, TN. I introduced the church plant vision at Independent Presbyterian Church on Wednesday night after their fellowship supper, and then spent all day Thursday at Republic Coffee, where friends dropped by all day to catch up. Here are some…

“I Am Not the Christ”

In John 1:20, John the Baptizer makes a profound denial. Peter had denied knowing the Christ. But here, John denies being the Christ, saying firmly, “I am NOT the Christ.” Hmmm… That just may be a new mantra for me. Not that I would ever be confused with Jesus. However, my flesh wants the glory…

Glory Days

I am 40 years old. Our culture would say that my “glory days” are behind me (unless, of course, 40 really is the new 30). However, according to a biblical world view, my glory days are not behind me, they are ahead of me—and always will be until I see Jesus face to face. That…

Twin Lakes

Last week I attended Twin Lakes Fellowship (at Twin Lakes Conference Center) in Florence, MS, just south of Jackson. It was a good time to see some old friends and make new ones. Here are two pictures, one from the front of the meeting room and the other from the rear.

Legalism as Arrogance

To continue with C.J. Mahaney’s The Cross Centered Life, he says, “Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God and acceptance by God through obedience to God… The implications of legalism are staggering in their arrogance. Legalism claims that the death of Jesus on the cross was either unnecessary or insufficient.” But the gospel sets…

More from Monteagle

Here is a bit more from our trip to Monteagle over the Easter weekend… Playing in the creek Just a swangin’ The crew at Shenanigans in Sewanee, TN Best friends on a mini-bridge