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LOVING THE IMPERFECT

Have you ever been to the grocery store or the Mall, and while you were shopping you couldn’t help but be distracted by the antics of someone’s child? The child is having a meltdown. They’re screaming and yelling, perhaps even hitting their mother. They’re…

How to Listen to a Sermon

Listening is a skill that requires one to actively participate with the one who is doing the talking. The listener must pay attention. The listener must concentrate on what the other person is saying. Hearing is one thing. We can hear things without even…

How Do You Respond to the “Check Engine” Light?

One of the most frustrating sights on my vehicle dashboard is the “Check Engine” light. The problem is not necessarily the light itself. It’s the fact that the light can indicate so many things. Three years ago I was in Denver, CO about to…

Our Church is Not for Everyone

I know. The title sounds harsh and, perhaps, un-Christ like. But please hear me out. The Oldham Lane Church of Christ, where I am blessed to serve, has experienced tremendous growth since it was planted in the mid-90’s. What started with 73 members from…

Ugly Brides

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Ever Felt Like a Tourist?

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Attention Shoppers

My dear friend, Steve Higginbotham, once delivered a sermon on church shopping. I loved it. In fact, I have yet to a hear a sermon from him that I didn’t love. His sermon got me to thinking. We have so many visitors every Sunday…

SUNDAY PREVIEW: A Fresh Look at the Role of Deacons

For the last few years, the staff and the elders at Oldham Lane have been meeting periodically to discuss VISION. We call these gatherings Think Bigger. Do Better meetings, and the goal is to discuss things pertaining to our future and how we can…

There is an “I” in Team

All of us have heard, at one time or another, that old, worn-out phrase, “There’s no ‘I’ in team.” Of course, it is old and worn-out for a reason. Coaches use this mantra in order to get their players to take the focus off…