Someone Else’s Shoes

Day 28/30 This week my family experienced a traumatic event at the local shoe store. Our youngest daughter, Charlie, is now in the same size shoes as my wife. This opens up a whole world of wardrobe options for Charlie. No doubt she’ll soon begin raiding Leigh Ann’s closet – putting the over/under on muddy…
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Psalms of Lament

Day 27/30 The best thing about hosting a podcast is the people I get to meet. It’s amazing who’ll agree to be a guest on a podcast – folks with whom I’d otherwise have no business talking with. Today our guest was Dr. Amy Cottrill, Religion Professor at Birmingham Southern. I met her a few…
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Outsiders to Grace

Day 26/30 I was in the car a few hours today driving from Pensacola back to Birmingham. On the way I caught up on my usual podcasts and a little Prince – 40 years later Purple Rain is still a banger. I spent a little while in silence just thinking. Normally I listen to audiobooks…
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Kingfisher

Day 25/30 I grew up around water. My mom enrolled me in one of those infant swimming classes before I could walk. Every summer we visited cousins on Lake Martin. And we moved there ourselves when I was in 9th grade. It’s where I learned to ski, fish and knock on strangers’ doors at midnight…
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Let Me Tell You About My Wife (she doesn’t know I’m writing this)

Day 24/30 On July 8, 1995 the summer before my sophomore year of college I met Leigh Ann Lang. It was a Saturday and I pulled into the gravel parking lot at the Camp Sumatanga lodge to serve as an elementary camp counselor, under directors Bill, Terry and Larry. I’d been invited by my youth…
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Would Jesus Go To Your Church?

Day 23/30 For a few years I’ve been thinking about the purpose of the Church and I’m convinced it’s growing up. Jesus called it discipleship. Paul called it being transformed. Moses called it loving God with everything you have. Whatever. The point is that the Church should be helping folks become more like Christ and,…
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We Were Servants

Day 22/30 Today Auburn beat the University of Kentucky on the basketball court for the third time straight. It’s the first time we’ve ever won three in a row. When I lived in Kentucky we never beat UK in men’s basketball. That’s why I focussed on football. The early 2000’s were good days for Auburn…
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Holy Grounds and Little Foxes

Day 21/30 Seeing God takes practice. Every year the youth group from Pensacola hikes a section of the Appalachian Trail. While student groups from the rest of the country drive south to the beach for the summer, We drove north. We used an outfitter called Wilderness Trail in the Grayson Highlands, one of the prettiest…
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The Future’s So Bright

Day 20/30 Every 500 years or so the Church undergoes a rummage sale. That’s basically the thesis of Phyllis Tickle’s “The Great Emergence”. The first was the fifth century fall of Rome and Gregory the Great’s work to hold Europe together. Then came the Great Schism in 1054 splitting the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox…
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Grace

Day 19/30 My second year of seminary was a pivotal year for Leigh Ann and me. I had a year of classes under my belt and was settling into the church well. She was teaching at a nearby elementary school. Also, kind of a big deal, that fall she got pregnant. Like all first time…
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