Replacing God’s Words with Emoji?

At the end of May, a new Bible was published. It is called Bible Emoji: scripture 4 millenials. (The misspelling of “millennials” is intentional by the editor.) This “translation” replaces as many biblical words as possible with Internet abbreviations, Internet slang, and Internet cartoon images such as smiley faces, praying hands, and peek-a-boo eyes. Liam […]

Why We Don’t Clap in Worship

If you watch television broadcasts of a few worship services, you are liable to see a lot of hand clapping. In fact, clapping in religious services is so common nowadays that those who visit services of the churches of Christ may be surprised that there is no clapping. Every member of the Lord’s church, as […]

Walmart Hide and Seek

I used to dream of playing hide and seek in a huge store such as Walmart after all its employees went home, but I never wanted to hide in Walmart indefinitely. Last month, a 14-year-old boy did attempt to hide out in Walmart in Corsicana, Texas, and succeeded for a remarkably long time. CNN reports […]

Kentucky Sports and the Handshakes

One of the most bizarre sports stories I have seen recently carries the following headline: “Bad sports: Kentucky school teams told not to shake hands after games.”1 According to the story, there have been more than two dozen postgame confrontations among high school athletes in Kentucky during the past three years, and so the Kentucky High […]

Lads to Leaders and Spiritual Growth

A congregation that is close to my heart will be initiating its participation in Lads to Leaders in the coming days, and this event calls to mind how much Lads has done for me. As I enter my 21st year of participation, I would like to briefly describe the program and say why more congregations […]

A Christian Off to College—Excerpt from GUARD (2nd Edition)

My book on spiritual leadership for teenage men is GUARD: Guys Understanding Authority and Real Discipleship (available in the store). I wrote GUARD while a senior at Freed-Hardeman University (2006), and it has just been released in its second edition. GUARD is also the text for a non-competitive event in the Lads to Leaders program. […]

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