Pastor Punches Kid, but It’s Cool… “There’s Times That Might Be Needed”: A Little Friday Funny

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First, let me say that I don’t believe for one minute that this actually happened, at least not in the way that it is described. If it did go down the way he describes it, then it is what you call assault and battery. I watched the clip with a friend who works in youth [Read More...]

Obama’s 2015 State of the Union: Addressing the Biggest Issue of Our Time, Why it Means Everything and Nothing

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Wealth inequality is the biggest issue of our time. Immigration reform is coming one way or another. Healthcare has become too popular to completely dismantle. The real issue is that, by next year, the top 1% will possess more of the world’s wealth than the other 99% combined. Addressing carbon emissions and global warming, the ultimate issue, [Read More...]

“@Tim_Suttle Your an idiot”: And Other Favorite Ohio State Buckeye Tweets From the Past Two Days

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The intersection of sports and religion is tricky, and writing about it is bound to tick some people off. But I had no idea… Up until now, the most vitriol I’ve ever experienced from an article I’ve published has been from the Tea Party, after an article I wrote in 2011. The emails from that article were [Read More...]

Was God Urban Meyer’s Inspiration in Running Up The Score?

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“Is there a bigger hypocrite in college sports than Urban Meyer?” – Mike Ozanian, Forbes So asks Forbes’ Mike Ozanian the day after the inaugural College Football National Title Game. Leading 35 to 20 with 1:43 left in the game, Ohio State was set to go for it on fourth and one from inside the Oregon five yard [Read More...]

Monday Morning Confessional

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I confess that last Thursday morning I had a 7am meeting, so I got up at 5:30 to write a blog post. I did my morning prayers, wrote & proofread the post. In my process, the last step before I hit publish involves adding links, images, and media for the entry. This particular post was fairly heavy on those [Read More...]

Best Song of 2014: Because I Wanna Get Better

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I’ve been resisting the impulse to join the fray of year’s end postings: favorite this, worst that-lists from the past year. So I’ve settled on a single contribution. 2014 has been a year of serious pain for me and those closest to me. My baby sister has breast cancer. She’s been through surgery and is currently in [Read More...]

Bono’s A to Z of 2014: A Must-Read for U2 Fans

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Granted, Bono has to have one of the more active egos of our time. He exists in that elite pantheon of fame along with immortals like Elvis, MJ, and Michael. The difference for him being that he seems to have at least some measure of awareness of the dangers of his position, and the responsibilities. Despite the unlimited income [Read More...]

Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?

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— “Bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend.” – Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon, The Truth About God. — I was recently offered the opportunity to write on the [Read More...]

7 Tips for Peaceful Family Holiday Get-togethers

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I come from a family of six. My mom and dad were high school sweethearts who married young and have stayed together for 50 years. They had four kids in about 10 minutes, and all of us crowded into a small three bedroom house that burned nearly to the ground when I was six. My [Read More...]

The Worst Day at Ardent Beats the Best Day Anywhere Else: A Salute to John Fry, Ardent Founder, & Memphis Music Legend

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One doesn’t typically use words like character, integrity, genuine, honest, and kind to describe executives in the music business, but that’s how those who knew him will surely remember John Fry. John was a singular figure in Memphis music. Reeling from the death of John Hampton just one week ago, the Ardent family of music producers, engineers, artists, [Read More...]


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