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Mixing the Word with Faith: Taking the Promised Land

“The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.” Luke 8:11

“…the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Heb 4:2

If [...]

Sigur Ros Makes Me Cry

After seeing some of these responses, I’ve decided to edit my approach and see what you think of the video objectively.

Like I said, the band is Sigur Ros, and the song is called Glosoli.

Enjoy. Or not.

Smart Country from Greg Adkins

Mother knows best. As a narrow-minded teen-ager, I jostled with my mom over the radio dial. If it was country, I didn’t want to touch it, didn’t want to hear it, didn’t want to be associated with it. With a friend in the car, I protested even more vigorously. At the first sign of a [...]

Forgiveness and Feelings

Forgiveness, like love, like our identity in Christ, is not a feeling. It is not rooted in our feelings, our soul-life. Forgiveness, like love and living from our identity, is a choice – a choice made because we know we have the Forgiving One living within us who is our Life. I don’t have make [...]

What’s Your Favorite Song Lyric?

Ever hear a song lyric that stopped you dead in your tracks, stirred something deep within you, or excited your imagination, or even made you chuckle with delight at the gift of the artist? I thought so. And now’s your chance to share it.

Security

When I graduated from college, I remember my english professor Fred Ashe walking at the front of the procession carrying this huge winged sphere on a pole that looked straight out of The Jetsons. I remember thinking, “What is that?” It was a mace. Evidently, once the use of heavy armor [...]

Treasure of You

Every Tuesday morning, I sit in a circle of other pastors and discuss and debate (and sometimes yell and point) the Bible for our weekly sermon. We call it the Teaching Pool, a fancier name than “study circle”. Still, for the last four years or more, this same group of 10 or so has taught [...]

The Point of Rockets

At the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, I present a new craft or art project to our eighty-two boys every month. In the past years these monthly projects have spanned the range from soapbox derby cars and tie-dying to oil painting and macramé. I love my job and I love teaching but during January one of [...]

New Stuff in the Rabbit Room Store

Music

We’re proud to now carry in the store both of Ron Block’s solo albums. They each feature Ron’s band, arguably the best bluegrass/country band in the world, Alison Krauss and Union Station, not to mention Ron’s virtuosic musicianship. Some of it is high and lonesome, some of it is toe-tapping bluegrass, and all [...]

A Big Update on the New Record

Friends,

I’m writing to let you know that [i]Resurrection Letters, Vol. II[/i] won’t be releasing as soon as I had hoped.  In fact, it’ll be releasing much, much later than I had hoped.

Allow me to explain.

The Envelope Please…

Thanks for all the entries, folks. Next year’s race is going to be beyond pretentious if you guys are right. I finally got around to seeing There Will Be Blood this weekend and I’m wondering if there isn’t some way to canonize Daniel Day Lewis. That guy is my hero. [...]

The Art of Discipline

With much fear and trembling, I’m posting a recording of my fourth ever speaking engagement. Some folks at the Belmont University Songwriter’s Association were kind enough to invite me to speak for a convocation last month and several of the students asked me for a copy of the recording.

The World As I Can See It

Ellis is one year-old now and is in a mighty good state.

He must be growing something fierce because he sleeps a lot these days. 14-15 hours a day. Oh, what I would have given for him to sleep that kind of sleep those first few months of his life. Oh, what I would give to [...]

The Killer Angels

I am not a fan of Civil War literature; in fact, I have always thought of it as one of those weird sub-genres for obsessive types. They’re almost like Trekkies with their re-enactments and maniacal devotion to detail. It’s just not my thing (although I’m secretly jealous that they get to dress up and shoot [...]

(Not) Trading Spaces

Twelve hours ago I wanted to be right where you are now. Better yet, I just didn’t want to be where I was. I didn’t want to be what I was or even who I was. These sort of Sundays happen for me every now and then – the ones where I feel there couldn’t [...]