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Quitting Church

The Day I Quit Church

Sunday, February 20, 2010; it was the day I quit church. The thoughts, conversations and emotions of the day remain vividly etched into my mind. Let me preface that when I say I quit the church, I’m referring to the ‘church’ as the local gathering of believers; not the church as the body of Christ. Throughout the…

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The Needs of NASCAR

Fresh off of another international trip earlier this year I found myself sitting across from my Pastor and dear friend, Darren, at one of my favorite local eateries. As our conversations traversed from one topic to another, I began to lament about the area of ministry I find myself as a part of. Traveling into an…

Hurricane Matthew

Cats, Hurricanes and Haiti

As Dr. Reynolds entered the room and turned off the light prior to placing his laptop on the exam table in front of us, I knew that the news was not going to be favorable. Glowing on his computer screen was, for a lack of better terms, an image of Nacho’s insides. His voice was calm as…

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

Olympic Sell-Outs

  As happens every four years in my life, I have been completely absorbed by the Olympics in Rio, which is intriguing, because I am not your typical ‘sports guy’. My most athletic feats are my ability to ‘disappear’ when any mention of a pick-up game of any sport is mentioned and my uncanny ability…

Dash Scripture

No ‘Plan B’

One evening while I was brushing Micah’s teeth he posed a question to me.   “Did you tell anyone about Jesus, Daddy?“   Earlier that morning I had just returned from another event serving the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series community. While the strain of a traveling Dad can be a lot for a family at home…

Orlando Tragedy

Where was God in Orlando?

As I started my morning skimming the AP feed, my heart sank as I was confronted with the headlines of what had transpired in the early-morning hours in Orlando. My excitement about our planned zoo day was quickly overshadowed by an overwhelming heaviness. Evil had again raised its ugly head, reminding us in a demonstrative…

PreRace Prayer with John Hunter Nemecheck - NEMCO

Fast Prayers and Freedom

There is something electrifying about standing on pit road prior to a race. It is in those moments standing on the asphalt next to a field of race ready machines, surrounded by the movement of teams, presence of media and colossus nature of the grandstands that you realize the magnitude of our sport. Nothing short of organized…

Target Boycott

Boycotts and Jesus ::: Our Latest ‘Target’

Three circles. Three circles have become the symbol and driving theme of the Walt Disney Company, and an icon that is adored by families around the world. The ever-distinctive Mickey Mouse ears profile. Being a company with such tremendous success and one that has prided itself in family entertainment, I am sure Walt would have never imagined…


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