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Shine: Destination wedding
Nov18

Shine: Destination wedding

Lately I have notice a growing trend toward destination weddings. According to a May 2018 survey from CompareCards.com by LendingTree, a destination wedding guest spends $1,421 on average, including travel, gifts and spending on personal items. That number jumps to $2,514 for destination weddings outside of the U.S., with the actual travel costs estimated at $1,595 for an average of about five days. This seems rather expensive,...

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Shine: Diminishing the significance of baptism
Oct07

Shine: Diminishing the significance of baptism

Recently I had two experiences that caused me to wonder if we have lost the significance of baptism in some of our churches. The first experience was a baptismal service in which anyone and everyone who wanted to be baptized was invited to come and be baptized. People came forward for the celebration of baptism and made statements like: “The rest of my family was being baptized, so I decided to get baptized again;” “I have never been...

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Shine: High calling of servanthood
Jul15

Shine: High calling of servanthood

Recently, we went through another round of graduation ceremonies. Some graduating from high school may have felt the weight of their future, and those graduating from college surely did. Questions must have swarmed through their heads like, “What am I supposed to do now?” “What am I supposed to be, and/or what is my life’s purpose?” Basically they all had to determine, “What does having a ‘successful’ life will look like for me?” In...

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Shine: Balanced evangelism
May06

Shine: Balanced evangelism

In Acts 3-4, Peter and John encounter a man who had been cripple since birth. He was regularly placed at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in order to beg for money.  When Peter and John approached the man, they did something that must have been somewhat unusual. They looked at him.  Now that is unusual because even today we try not to make eye contact with those begging on the corners of our streets. In full disclosure, I must confess...

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Shine: Revivals and their relevance today
Feb25

Shine: Revivals and their relevance today

Several years ago my director of missions in Sherman, Texas told me about a revival he held with James Simple.  His name was Norris Cash, and the flyer for the revival said in large bold letters, “Simple-Cash Revival.”  That was my favorite revival flyer until Tuffy Wiggly and I did a revival together and our flyer said, “Wiggly—Quigley Revival.” Needless to say, that flyer turned more than a few heads as it hung in the window of the...

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