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The Great Debate Between Action and Faith

In high school, the number that adorned my baseball uniform was, forty-one. It was my number. I took possession of it and owned it. It didn’t have any significant meaning at the time, but since has taken on a life of its own. In college, I became a huge Dave Matthews Band fan, something like twelve shows in four years. Ironically, Dave Matthews has a song called #41 – creative considering it was the 41st song he had written. Through […]

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The Hardest Blog Post I’ve Ever Written

My grandfather, Mendel Ham, grew up on a farm in rural South Carolina. Although racial inequality was rampant, I’ve been told that one of his best friends was an African-American farm hand. And that pretty much sums up my grandfather. The stares and jeers of others weren’t strong enough to break his spirit. Throughout my childhood, Paw Paw, was a figure of strength in my life. He was my rock. I didn’t know him as a young man, but I try to envision him approaching my […]

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Seeking Saturday: Running With Perserverance

In 2010, I fell in love with the sport of triathlon. The year before, Liz was part of a relay team at a local ‘sprint’ triathlon, a shorter distance race for both competitive and novice participants. When I went to watch the race, I wondered, “Could I?” In 2010, I competed in 2 races, 11 in 2011 including a Half Ironman (70.6 miles), and 9 in 2012.  However, this year, I decided to take some time off from competitive racing […]

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Overcoming Fear, Doubt and Insecurity – How to Fight

I love this picture of a ship sailing into the night.  I took it while in Maui in 2011.  It relates so much to this post.  As the ship heads into the darkness, it cannot lose its course.  It must keep it.  The sun will rise again and light will fill the sky, illuminating the path. Just like this ship, we must not lose our course when the darkness of fear, doubt and insecurity set in.  We must stay true […]

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A Story of Faith

For many, the Old Testament is a confusing and unrelated part of the gospel story. Nothing could be further from the truth. As many theologians have taught us, the Old Testament is but a shadow of things to come– full of amazing stories. Once you look beyond the ancient names and dialogue, there is incredible wisdom within. In 2 Kings 5, Elisha heals an army commander of leprosy, but seeks no repayment. He only requests that God be honored. Elisha’s servant thinks otherwise […]

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Three Challenges to Light up Your Life: #3 is My Purpose

Liz and I have a collective problem; one that is always entertaining to discuss. For years, friends and family have laughed over countless stories of our so-called condition. Talking in our sleep! The funniest part is that Liz and I BOTH share this problem. Liz’s only developed more recently; I guess that’s what having three kids within sixteen months does to you. There should have been a warning label: WARNING – you will go crazy and start talking about nonsense […]

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Elijah’s Whispers

My wife, Liz, painted a picture of Elijah on Mt. Carmel as my college graduation gift. It’s one of my greatest treasures and it hangs in my office today as a reminder of the immeasurable power of God. Elijah was a prophet in a time of turmoil–a time when God’s people had turned on Him with contempt. Although God had redeemed and delivered his people, they still turned away. They began to replace their eternal redeemer with temporal idols, something I’ve been fond […]

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