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Music City Miracle

»Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in The Blog That Binds | 3 comments

Music City Miracle

No. Not that one. This is the one that occurred last Sunday.  Let me give you the complete setting. I got up and going going early – I like my Sunday’s that way.  I was at the building by 8:15 for the morning service. In my spot at the front door greeting folks. Welcoming them.  Then at 9 I preached. The service went a little long and afterward I stayed around a greeted everyone – in fact I was one of the last folks to leave the building. From there I ran home and changed clothes, stopped in Brentwood and picked up my son and we drove to LP Field and got to watch the Titans (they lost another one – no miracle there). We were at the stadium in plenty of time for the opening kickoff.  My other son met us at the game. The tickets were...

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Less than you think…

»Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in The Blog That Binds | 3 comments

Less than you think…

I took Prep and Del in the old art building on the campus of Freed-Hardeman College (now University).  The legendary Billy Smith was my teacher and it was a blessing every day to be in that class with some great brothers who still encourage me.  There are certain little things that still stand out in my mind about it all. One of the challenges that most every young preacher expresses is not knowing what to preach.  Billy talked about so many different approaches. But one stood out to me. I remember where I was sitting in the room when Brother Billy told about the preacher who started in Genesis and over 40 years picked up at the text he had left off the week before.  That amazed me.  I’m not sure what impressed me more – the feat of preaching through...

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“The Pit”

»Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in The Blog That Binds | 1 comment

“The Pit”

We called it “The Pit” – it was either Carey or John that came up with that. They were the two coolest guys at school and if they called it “The Pit” – “The Pit” it would be.  It was a sort of a self-depreciating term of affection.  After all, with all it’s issues, it was the pits!  We’d not seen another gym like it anywhere. I still haven’t.  Our school had been an old military school before we occupied it. Looking back it was sort of neat. But it had issues and we didn’t have money to fix them. There were lights that didn’t get replaced, so the corners of the court had shadows. At some point the old wood basketball court got water under it and bucked up in places so that when you dribbled there would be “dead spots.”...

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Just one thing

»Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in The Blog That Binds | 3 comments

Just one thing

“This preaching stuff is so easy. Anybody can do it.  All you have to do is one thing.” Somebody told me that once upon a time. You know, it got me to thinking, they were right.   I’ve been preaching in 5 decades now – and it dawns on me preaching is about one thing – relevance. I mean that pretty much everything now-a-days. If you aren’t relevant then you probably aren’t influencing anybody. You must be relevant – well, and biblical.  Yeah, biblical. I mean the stock market is relevant in some people’s life but it makes no eternal difference. So, that’s it just being relevant and biblical. Speaking ancient truths to a modern world with integrity.  Just those three things: Speaking ancient biblical truth with relevance...

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UPDATE NOW…tomorrow may be too late

»Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in The Blog That Binds, The Scoop Blog, Thoughts from the Mound | 0 comments

So, if you read Hope & Expectation, The Scoop Blog, Thoughts from the Mound or The Blog that Binds via Google Reader, and a whole lot of you do, you need to act now. It’s quick and easy and will only take you about 60 seconds. You just move to Feedly. Feedly is a free service that’s filling the void left behind by Google Reader.. Here’s how you do it. Step 1 Go to feedly.com, click “Import from Google Reader” Step 2 Pick a Google Account (You probably only have 1) Step 3 Authorize Feedly to grab all of your Google Reader feeds. Step 4 Enjoy your new RSS reader. (They also have apps for your phone and tablet.) Wait, you aren’t subscribed to my RSS? Hook yourself up now. All the cool cats do it. Don’t Use RSS? No problem. Subscribe...

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I Promise…

»Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Preacher's Notes, The Blog That Binds | 8 comments

I Promise…

No one will be more critical of my preaching than I am myself I will lose sleep over Sunday’s message…and next Sunday’s too I will not try to hurt you That if you hear me long enough you will disagree with me on something That I don’t mind your coming to me about whatever that thing is That if you hear me long enough I will offend you – it won’t be on purpose That if you hear me long enough you will think I am preaching to you – I probably am – at least if you want to grow that is what you should believe and then evaluate any changes needed I will be prepared I will not be as prepared as I wish I was That I will try to bring my best every time I stand before people with the inspired Word of God This will not be the best sermon on...

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