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The Christian Way to Make a Decision (Discerning God’s Will)

Highland is in the middle of an elder-selection process. As we approach elder-candidates, I prepared a handout to help them better discern whether God is calling them to join our eldership or not. These points and exercises come from St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality, which majors on helping people discern God’s will in decision making. […]

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How to Live with God: Fall in Love (Pt. 4)

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series How to Live with God

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series How to Live with God   German poet Rainer Rilke was twenty-three when he traveled to Russia with the woman who was his soul mate, Lou, in 1899. ¬†After his return, over twenty-five days near Berlin, he wrote sixty-seven poems which became the first part […]

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What a Community Leader Said He Can’t Do That Only Churches Can Do Regarding Race

    Last night Memphis pastors and police prayed with one another and listened to each other in the aftermath of shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas. It was the largest gathering of white and black faith leaders I’d seen in Memphis. Perhaps the most senior pastor in attendance shared a story of marching down […]

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Missional Transitions in a Ninety Year Old Church

¬†   NOTE: This is the text of the speech presented on 7/1/16 at Lipscomb University’s Summer Celebration at the Kairos Church Planting Breakfast Leo Tolstoy’s parable “Two Old Men” tells the tale of two men, Efim and Elisha, who decide that before they die they must make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Their life-long dream […]

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