Bumper Cars Over the Abyss

Just because the line is long doesn't mean the samples are worth it

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I live in a town where people come to die. My home is in a medium-sized city in SW Florida that most people don’t know much about. But lots of people come here to retire. Some of those folks are wealthy, like Judge Judy and Sean Hannity who’ve both got places here. Others are less […]

Yeah, I’m the Fat Guy on the Bike

Gradual changes are frustrating, but they're the ones that last

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Well, it’s a pleasantly cool February morning here in SW Florida. I’ve just ridden my beloved bike quite a few miles to my favorite downtown Starbucks, where I set up my office for the day. Why do I do my office work at Starbucks? Three reasons, actually. My church rents space in a school, but […]

Attacking the Costco Sample Lady

If that's all you've got to do, you need a life...quick!

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I’ve always wanted to talk to those people who serve the free samples at Costco. Sometimes I hide behind the roasted peanuts to watch them from a distance. Even from afar I can see the terror in their eyes, as crowds wait to pounce on them. Seriously, you’d think a shipment of rice had just […]

“Dear Angry Atheist…”

Believe it or not, you may be the one living in a fantasyland

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Dear Angry Atheist, I’ve been meaning to write to you for quite a while now. I’ve heard your feelings about my beliefs quite clearly – from your Facebook posts, your arguments in person, and your comments on some of my own articles and blogs. I realize that not all atheists are angry, but the level […]

Giving Up on Being Good

Most people's idea of "goodness" is just a bunch of hot air

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Ever try to blow up a raft? Unless you’ve got one of those electric “blow dryer thingies”, you are in for a world of hurt. I remember sitting in the sand, ready to pass out while my preschool daughter jumped up and down, yelling “Daddy, hurry up!” Not what I consider family fun. But then […]

Please Don’t Visit My Church

If you're where God wants you, stay there. Shopping around causes damage

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I love meeting new people, really I do!  And there’s nothing more exciting to a pastor than a fresh face walking through the front door of his church on Sunday morning. However… There are several reasons you actually should avoid the urge to drop by my church for a visit. Believe it or not, it […]

How I Know He Lives

While skeptics demand proof, the faithful rest in confident expectation

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Growing up in a southern Baptist church, every Easter there were two hymns you had to sing…or you probably weren’t really Baptist. One was “Low in the Grave He Lay”. Most people don’t remember it by that title, but by the bouncy chorus that interrupts the sad, mournful verse. After lamenting the crucified Jesus, suddenly […]

Say Goodbye…

In this new year, you need to let go of all that's holding you back

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I wrote this article for the newspaper two New Years Eves ago. The response to it was pretty huge and positive. So I reprint it every year, as a reminder to myself. Hope it helps you let go and move forward – Dave I’ve heard it said, “If you love something, set it free. If […]

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. whatever…

Go ahead and try to snuff out the Light. Just try.

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Sometimes, we get so silly. This year a (very) few were outraged that Starbucks had a red “holiday cup” with no other markings on it. The angry few said the absence of snow or ornaments meant the coffee company was distancing itself from Christmas, and moving toward the more generic idea we now call “the […]