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Why Men Don’t Wear Hats in Church

Before leading his team into the Sugar Bowl played that year in the New Orleans Superdome, Coach “Bear” Bryant was asked why he wasn’t wearing his trademark “hounds tooth” hat. “Because,” he said, “Mama told me not to wear my hat indoors.” We’re a few generations from the days when a well-chosen hat was part of a gentleman’s attire. In those days, a young man would have been educated in proper hat etiquette. A young man would have learned how to tip his hat to a lady, and which hats were considered “work” hats and which hats were considered...more

There Are No Orphans

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child…” so begins the old blues song. The reason the blues have been so influential and enduring is they accurately describe the way we feel. All of us recognize that line. We’ve all felt like that at one time or another. There are a lot of people who feel that way now. In the early church, it wasn’t unusual for new believers to show up at a church having lost everything. Once they decided to become a follower of Christ, some would have been disowned by their families. Young men and young women...more

Membership

I’m not a big joiner. I’m not a member of many clubs or organizations. Having said that, I am the member of a local church. OK, I know you’re saying, “Mike, you’re a pastor. You have to be a member of church. “Fair enough, however, just because I do something that’s part of my job doesn’t mean I don’t believe in it. I believe in the local church.” Here’s the short version. First, life is too hard to live by yourself. Everyone needs a community. Sooner or later, life will get you. It may be a surgery, stopped up...more

Be an Expert

According to the experts who study what it takes to become an expert, if you commit to study a subject for one hour a day, you’ll be an “expert” in the field after a few years of work. Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. The reality is somewhere in between. Most people aren’t going to work that hard, so after a few years of work, you’ll be smarter than most people in any given subject. But if you want to compare yourself to the real experts in any field, well, that will take most...more

A Perfect Canvas

When I was in high school, I worked for a local artist. Jean Woods was a painter who held classes for students and adults during the summer. My job was to help get the studio set up before lessons, cleaned up after lessons, help the students as needed and in general, do anything Mrs. Woods needed me to do. And every afternoon, she needed me to paint canvases with gesso. Gesso is a white artist gel used to cover canvases and painting boards before you paint on them. If Mrs. Woods had used five or six canvases during the...more
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