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Easy to say…hard to do

Digging through a box of memorabilia, I found a fierce declaration I wrote out by hand when I was just a freshman at Slidell High, not quite 14 years-old. I share it (see below) because it’s illustrative of so many truths: the mysteries of the opposite sex, the humiliation and indignation of young love (and also perhaps why schools should consider bringing back “penmanship”…

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The Festival of Meet/Meat

Today I am Baton Rouge-bound to participate in one of America’s most storied traditions: “The Festival of Meat.” I exaggerate, of course. The FOM (as we often refer to it) is a highly unorganized college reunion, just a small group of guys (anywhere from five to ten–we’re never quite sure who might show up). We are old (I use that term literally) LSU friends…

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Are you paying attention?

I am sitting on my back porch listening to the world wake up. The cicadas sing ceaselessly. (Did they even go to bed? Do they ever take a breath?) They’re joined by various birds, whose calls I recognize (but since I was a Cub Scouts drop-out, please don’t ask me to match each species with its signature sound). The one…

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Why we’re drawn to extreme makeovers

Our neighborhood is all abuzz. The dilapidated house on the corner is undergoing a major renovation. My next-door neighbor, who’s lived on our street long enough to know about such things, remembers when this ramshackle residence with its unkempt yard was the class of the neighborhood. Not so for the last couple of decades. For a host of reasons—but mostly…

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What’s on your “to DO” list?

Like lots of people, I begin most weeks by making a “to DO” list. You know the drill. Sit down with paper and pen. Begin mentally previewing the next seven days. Then wait. It never fails. “To DO” items just start showing up. There comes one out of my foggy memory. Then two or three more from the pages of my calendar. Steadily they arrive, all the things I have to get done or want to accomplish. Obligations and…

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The “d” word

On Sunday I went to see a friend who has an inoperable brain tumor. Barring a miracle, he isn’t, as my Mom used to put it, “long for this world.” What do you say in a situation like that? I asked a few questions. Mostly I just listened. Before leaving I felt prompted to tell him about a couple promises in the Bible that have given…

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A new chapter

Many of my friends have already heard our news. But if you missed it in the whir of summer vacation or the hype of the World Cup, here it is: In recent months I have sensed an undeniable “Divine Nudging” to step away from vocational church ministry. In mid-June this gut feeling morphed into heart certainty. So last week I communicated my decision to…

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