I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't know the words to "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus." We sang it every single Christmas (and several times a season, at that) in the Methodist church where I grew up, and by the time I was a teenager I could sing most of the verses without even looking at my hymnal. And, you know, I thought it was a perfectly nice song. A pretty song. Perfectly … [Read more...]

For the last couple of weeks my pastor and his family have been in China to finalize the adoption of their little girl. Thanks to technology, our church family has been able to follow David, Heather and the boys as they blog from China about their latest adoption journey, and it's been humbling and encouraging to read their posts. The day after Thanksgiving David wrote a blog post called "Patient … [Read more...]

As hard as it is to believe, the last Living Proof Live of the year is coming up this weekend, December 2-3, in Pensacola, Florida. And listen. As chilly and gusty as it's been in our neck of the woods today, I'm pretty much convinced that scheduling a December LPL in sunny Florida was A STROKE OF GENIUS by the LifeWay Women event team. Well played, girls. So, if you're going to be in Pensacola … [Read more...]

If you live in or around Nashville, you could potentially be in for a real treat on December 13-14. Lisa Harper is taping a new Bible study - Malachi: A Love That Never Lets Go - and if you're interested in attending any of the three sessions, all you have to do is register online. Registration is totally free, by the way, and what a sweet privilege it would be to sit under Lisa's incredible … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." - James 1:7 … [Read more...]

I know it's Thanksgiving week and all. And I know - I KNOW - that right now you're probably making a grocery list and checking it twice and praying with everything in you that you can make it to the Publix or the Walmart or the Kroger before the amateurs hit the stores on Wednesday. But before things get too hectic, I just wanted to make you aware that LifeWay has announced a mighty fine simulcast … [Read more...]

First of all, you should know that when I first saw this video on Priscilla's blog, it made me deeply, profoundly happy on a number of levels. Second of all, I am tickled by the fact that Paige holds tightly to Jesus Calling throughout the video. She's like an old-school Baptist preacher with the King James version of the Bible. Third of all (apparently I am enjoying transitions today), let the … [Read more...]

Well, Melanie and I just got back to our respective houses after a week in Ecuador. It was a busy week, a hard week, an emotional week - and an absolutely incredible week. We spent four days in Quito, two in the Amazon, and as a result of those six days, I spent a significant chunk of yesterday afternoon trying to catch up on all the not sleeping we did while we were there. I am happy to report … [Read more...]

Today was a pretty big day for Melanie and me because, well, we hopped on a flight to Ecuador. Yes. Ecuador. So basically, you know, it was just a regular Monday for us. Why, sure. Needless to say, the whole going-to-Ecuador thing is totally new to both of us, but we're excited to travel again with Compassion International and praying that children's lives will be changed as a result. We'll be … [Read more...]

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