On Hiatus, Continued

I’ve been on blog hiatus for the last several days. But I’ll be back — Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.

It’s been an interesting experience. The pace of adding new email subscribers is actually up. Evidently people enjoy my writing more when I don’t write. Or something like that … Continue reading

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John’s Gospel: Handout for John 1:1-18


Lesson One


Purpose of John (John 20:30-31)

Purpose of this class (John 12:34) “Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” Continue reading

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John’s Gospel: Questions for Chapter 1

[David Bearden, the new pulpit minister for the University Church of Christ, has kindly offered to provide questions and other supplementary materials for those teaching this class. To place things in a useful order in the column on the right, I’m backdating these materials.]


Lesson One 


Purpose of John (John 20:30-31) Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Lamb of God

Jesus is the lamb of God. We know that. But what does it mean?

Well, lambs were commonly sacrificed under the Law of Moses. And Jesus was sacrificed. That’s true, but is that all there is to it?

Lambs could be sacrificed under the Law for several different reasons and on different occasions. We just kind of assume that the idea of Jesus as lamb is about a sacrifice for forgiveness of sins — and that’s certainly a very true, very real point. That’s a good lesson — but there’s another one. Continue reading

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Plantronics Voyager Legend + iPhone 5 + Instant Meeting

PlantronicsThis is not the coolest looking bluetooth earpiece, but I’m pretty sure it’s the best.

I’ve been tied up on several extremely complex transactions, and somehow or other, lawyers all over the country began calling me on my cell — at all hours. And I just hate talking on my cell.

You see, it hurts my neck and shoulder to hold the phone up to my ear for long periods of time, and lawyers — well, you know lawyers — they can go on forever. (Clients don’t talk long at all because they know they’re being charged by the hour!) Continue reading

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Autoruns 9

I have no idea how I came across this. But I accidentally discovered a Windows utility called Autoruns, which is a free download and wonderful.

This is not for computer newbies, understand? And you need to set a restore point before you begin (if this makes no sense to you, then this program is NOT for you).

The program does the most thorough job of detailing services and programs running on your computer of any program out there — FAR better than msconfig or Nortons or any other utility I can find. Continue reading

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Job Posting

I don’t usually post job openings, but that’s mainly because folks don’t normally ask. (I did a double take. Really.)

I’m familiar with this congregation. It’s a good one. And I know the preacher. Good guy. This is surely a great opportunity for someone. Continue reading

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A Survey

Eli Cole, a doctoral student at Amridge University, has asked me to pass along a survey he’s using for his dissertation.

It’s called “Why Members Are Leaving the Churches of Christ.” Only those who’ve left should complete the form.

Click on this link to SurveyMonkey, and an automated survey form will pop up. It won’t take long to fill out.

You’ll notice that the questions are asked from the perspective of someone who considers folks like me “liberal.” But to me, that makes answering the survey all the more important.

You see, at long last, the more conservative Churches of Christ are willing to ask what’s wrong! Please answer thoroughly and honestly.

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The Story

I’m considering whether our Bible classes should teach “The Story” for 31 weeks, starting in December. It’s been recommended to me by someone I greatly respect.

But I need a broader base of input. Is anyone familiar with this lesson series? What do you think of it? Continue reading

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On Break

Been really busy lately. I think I’m on the downhill slope, but I need to spend a little time recuperating. 12-hour work days, work-filled weekends, and lots of church work gets a bit old after a while.

So I’ll be on break for the next few days. I’ll probably write — but not under the entirely self-imposed pressure to post daily. I actually find writing very relaxing — but only if I have enough time so that I’m not pushing deadlines. I get enough of that at work. And church.

See you in a week or two or so.

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