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Mar 2013 18 Mar 18, 2013
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The Excitement and Stupidity of March Madness If you aren’t a fan of college basketball here in the U.S., stop reading and go about your business. But if you enjoy the game as much as I do, read on. I’ve been tempted to write this for several years, but always resisted the urge lest I offend and upset my friends. But I can refrain no longer. So here goes. Deciding the national championship of college basketball based on a single elimination tournament is ut...Read More

Mar 2013 15 Mar 15, 2013
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When I started preaching through Philippians at Bridgeway Church here in OKC, I suspect that more than a few people wondered aloud about my decision actually to spend an entire sermon on the opening two verses of chapter one: “Sam, are you kidding me? You actually plan on preaching an entire sermon on the opening greeting of a NT epistle. Come on! Give us some biblical meat, something we can really chew on and apply to our lives, something that’s going to mak...Read More

Mar 2013 14 Mar 14, 2013
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I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question. Of course, I have to be careful in giving an answer, insofar as I can’t peer into the hearts and thought processes of another human. Only they know the true answer to that question. But let me venture a few thoughts. Notwithstanding the efforts of ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together), the divisions between Catholicism and Protestantism are long-standing and the reasons multi-f...Read More

Mar 2013 13 Mar 13, 2013
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A lot has been made of the fact that with Benedict’s resignation the Roman Catholic Church will have two popes for the first time in 600 years (technically speaking, of course, Benedict is no longer pope; but you get my point). To be more precise, it was during the time span of 1378-1417. I’ll briefly explain. The power of the papacy had surged under Innocent III (1161-1216), but suffered serious decline once Boniface VIII (1294-1303) came into office. Foll...Read More

Mar 2013 12 Mar 12, 2013
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My book, The Singing God (Passio; an imprint of Charisma Media, 220 pages), has just been released in a slightly revised edition. The most obvious difference is the new cover design, but I’ve also made changes that bring the book up-to-date in terms of stories, illustrations, and other matters. If you struggle with believing that God genuinely loves you, if you doubt whether God could ever take delight in a sinner such as yourself, or if the idea of actually exper...Read More

Mar 2013 12 Mar 12, 2013
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Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he announced that he would resign from his position as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The process to select his successor is well underway, and news reports indicate that it officially starts today, March 12th. But how is it done, and should any of you bother to send your resume to the Vatican? You’ve probably heard a lot about something called the “Conclave,” which literally means “with a key”...Read More

Mar 2013 11 Mar 11, 2013
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It has been a few years since I last blogged with any degree of regularity and I’m thrilled to be at it again. I hope you find the blogposts, articles, and sermons here to be helpful, encouraging, challenging, and edifying. They might even be a bit controversial at times (“all” the time?)! Here are my designs for this website. First, my intention is to blog every day, Monday through Friday. I’ll probably take off on Saturday and Sunday. On occasi...Read More