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Ironman: Road Closures and Road Trips


I have a love/hate relationship with Ironman. It's not what you think I hate running. Well, maybe that was what you were thinking. I hate to run but that doesn't mean I hate the Ironman. As a matter of fact I've debated training for a sprint triathlon in the past. I love to bike. I love to swim. All athletes who complete 70.3 miles of run, bike, swim deserve nothing but d...

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Fire + Meat = Church


Smoke filled lungs expelled tear-filled coughs and stinging winces of singed forearms. Don't worry! I wasn't tortured over the weekend for my faith or something admirable like that. I smoked a brisket. If the South has taught me anything it is a deep respect and appreciation of smoked meat. Let's be real - the only BBQ California had to offer my childhood was Tony Roma's....

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Corner Boys will always be with us


The Corner. What comes to mind? What images are conjured up at the incantation of this infamous locale? I would let you answer but I'd thought that I would refer to some resident experts on the corners of South Chattanooga. Here in the Alton Park The Corner is inescapable. Obviously, you have to drive around them to make it through the neighborhood. Perhaps not so obvious...

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Blessed are the Peacemakers


Let's just say Friday morning was a unique experience in my young pastoral ministry. And [Jesus] opened his mouth and taught them, saying:"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righte...

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Three Vehicles for Mission


When we started on our urban journey we experienced growing pains as we searched for the best way to describe what we do, who we are, and where we're going. I was given a strong classic theological education while at seminary and the roots that developed are what allow me to explore the frontier of church planting. However, I was not prepared in any way for urban, multi-et...

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