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Boys Toy Kitchen

Barbie Boys and Football Girls

Confession. My two sons, age 7 and 3, own a fancy play kitchen that is fully loaded. Pots. Pans. Silverware. Drawers stocked with nearly every imaginable play food. It sits proudly in the corner of our kitchen. While they’ve started to outgrow the kitchen and it will be on its way to a new home with…

Famous for Jesus

The Great Danger of ‘Christian Celebrity’

It is hard to describe the feelings that one experiences walking onto a stage in front of an arena full of 10,000 men. Worth. Accomplishment. Pride. As I took my seat on the stage next to my co-author Billy Mauldin and NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip and glanced across the packed arena the first thought that crossed my…

I Am Second - NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour

It’s Not About the Car…

“It’s not about the car, it’s about the people.” I have carried those words with me since 2005. Michelle and I were in our second season at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville where I was serving as Chaplain. We had been in discussion with Tim,  a former MRO chaplain and mentor, about transitioning to serve a new NASCAR…

Something is Broken

Broken, Helpless, and Hopeless. – An Open Letter to the World

Something is broken in our world. Something is broken when an international outrage is sparked by the killing of a protected lion while an estimated 125,000 babies are slain every single day (stat via Worldometers). When we value animals, or trees, or ‘things’ more than a human life, something is broken. Something is broken when we think it…

Eldora Speedway

A Walk in the Shoes of a NASCAR Chaplain…

One of the most common questions I am asked about chaplaincy is, “what exactly do you do at the track?” So I invite you to spend a few days in my dusty boots as I served the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio last week.     Monday Evening – Eldora…

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I Follow Jesus, Except in Traffic…and on Facebook

In theory, following Jesus is a fairly simplistic task. While we do a decent job of over-complicating what it means to be a Christ follower; I promise you it is really not that complicated. To understand fully what it meant to be saved, we have this great conversation recorded in the book of Luke where…

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Our Great Sin

“God’s last name is not dammit.” The words were printed in large block letters across a medium sized oval sticker affixed to my tackle box. It was a very ‘loud’ message amidst the other smaller decals and logos plastered all over the box. I wasn’t a fisherman, but as a middle-schooler my tackle box doubled as…

Christian Patriots

Can We Be Christians AND Patriots?

This weekend we remember such a special time in American history as we celebrate our independence as a free country. Every year as I listen to the cracks, pops, and bangs of the fireworks overhead I think about how thankful I am that we live in America. Yet my mind is always drawn to the reality that, at that…

 

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