Category Archives: Choices

Speak Up or Shut Up?

The Bible is a big, rich, diverse, and complex book, one that can be used to prove virtually anything if you try. This is one of the primary reasons why Christian denominations find it impossible to get together 100% on … Continue reading

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A Profound Question

A missionary was once asked if he liked his work in Africa. His reply was as follows: Do I like this work? No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonably refined sensibilities. We do not like … Continue reading

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The Devil You Know

A five-year-old boy was visiting his aunt overnight. At bedtime he asked her to leave his door open and the light on in the hall. Surprised, the aunt said, “But why? You’re not afraid of the dark when you are … Continue reading

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The Fine Line Between Hard Work & Idolatry

This past Thursday night Tonya and I attended an academic awards ceremony for our son Royce. He is finishing up his sophomore year in high school and received what the school calls an “Academic Letter” for having a grade point … Continue reading

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Are You a Duck, an Eagle, a Rabbit, Or a Turtle?

In his book “Criswell’s Guidebook For Pastors,” W.A. Criswell, the longtime pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, offers the following illustration: The animals had a school. The curriculum consisted of running, climbing, flying, and swimming. All the animals … Continue reading

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What Should Have Been

I was a little under two years into my first pastorate when one afternoon, as I was driving in my car, I happened to drive past the sign for a certain church in our area. It was a sign that … Continue reading

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Simple Answers

A psychologist, an engineer, and a pastor went on a hunting trip to a very remote area. One day, as they were out hunting, they came upon a small cabin. Since the cabin appeared to be abandoned, and its door … Continue reading

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