When People Speak Ill of You
Feb28

When People Speak Ill of You

That some will speak ill of you is one of life’s contants. It can come in several forms, but every human being will experience it. Those who aim negativity toward others I’ve found to be perennial offenders. This is to say, the same people cultivate much of the world’s negativity. Every now and then someone who doesn’t usually do so will say something unkind about someone–but not usually. Chronically...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 15
Feb03

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 15

Here are some things I’m thinking about as the week wraps up: Charles Siburt, a mentor to me and thousands of others will be with the Lord soon. Today is a day of prayer for him. Please join me in praying for his family, and thanking God for his life and ministry. My old ministry partner, Chad Higgins (worship minister at Highland Oaks Church of Christ) went through open-heart surgery this week and came through it like a champ....

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No Taste?
Dec22

No Taste?

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been under the weather. For the last few days, the plague that’s befallen me has taken away my ability to taste. Morning coffee, hamburgers, water, and (if I chose to partake) garbage–they all taste the same–like nothing. God made us with taste buds. Why? Maybe we’ll find out some day. Until then, my hypothesis is He made us with taste because He wants us to experience...

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Should Churches Cancel Christmas?
Nov30

Should Churches Cancel Christmas?

Every few years, Christmas falls on a Sunday. This puts churches in a somewhat awkward place. It’s awkward particularly for those who have Christmas Eve services. Thus, many have decided to cancel Christmas morning services. This year at New Vintage Church, we will celebrate Christ’s birth on both Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Whenever December 25th falls on a Sunday, this also means New Year’s Day is also a...

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Just Thanksgiving
Nov25

Just Thanksgiving

Near the corner of 4th and Orange in Long Beach, California, sits the Long Beach Seniors Center. 32 years ago, the Los Altos Church of Christ in Long Beach, California began serving Thanksgiving dinner to the lonely, tired, poor and forgotten Senior Citizens of Long Beach. I was four years old when we started. 32 years later, I still love doing it. My daughters have been doing it since they were born–the tradition continues....

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