Not the conquering warlord

A donkey, a red carpet made of cast aside robes, palm branches waved in the air, and little children shouting, “Hosanna!” That was the extent of the pomp and circumstance with which Jesus commenced His Passion Week. It was hardly the entrance of a conquering hero. Indeed, the Roman warlords of that day would have […]

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Fortune Cookie Wisdom

What do you get when you combine steamed rice, greasy Mongolian beef, high MSG content, and a very out-of-date fortune cookie (I mean something besides violent stomach cramps)? Last week, the answer was a Word from the Lord. I was at a new Chinese joint, hoping to discover the perfect rice bowl (you know how rice […]

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An Olympics Post Script

Of all people, LeBron James most accurately articulated the essence of the Olympic spirit at the close of our recent 2012 Olympics Games (I’m still a sworn Miami Heat hater though because of my loyalties to our beloved Los Angeles Lakers). After the Dream Team’s gold medal basketball victory over Team Spain, the interviewer said […]

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Courting disqualification

This summer is the Games of the XXX Olympiad, and Jessica and I have already cleared our schedules so we can watch Michael Phelps, Brian Clay, and our other favorite athletes make Olympic history. They’ve worked, trained, and agonized for their moments of Olympic glory, and I can’t wait to cheer them on. I just […]

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A barefoot Moses in Sinai

I’ve discovered the answer for how to succeed in life, relationships, leadership, and ministry. However, before you write me off as either delusional or presumptuous, let me quickly say that I didn’t originate the answer—I just heard it and wrote it down. I was in a pastors’ training seminar with Pastor Jack Hayford (an esteemed […]

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