of no reputation

I think part of the natural human condition is concern with appearance. It doesn’t always manifest the same way, but we all to some degree or another are concerned with how we are perceived. Each day I go to a gym where hundreds of people will gather because they have some concern with how other…

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she preaches

I often wonder why I engage on social media at all. At one time I remember it being about sharing pictures of your family or telling funny stories about your day or simply a way to reconnect with folks you don’t get to see all too often. But it seems like more and more that…

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asleep at the wheel

Over two-thousand years ago the fabric of time and space was torn open on the outskirts of a small village in ancient Palestine. All of a sudden a celestial voice announced to a group of rag-tag outcasts and ultimately to the world, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for…

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happy valley

I’ve been told that most of us do some of our most effective thinking in the shower…well at least that’s what I’ve been told. For me, it’s usually some of my most bizarre thinking. For instance, this last week, all of a sudden I found myself singing my elementary school’s Alma Mater. What…your elementary school…

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good for the better

She’s been called the Millennial Martha Stewart. And perhaps you may not have heard of Marie Kondo, but her Tidying Up show has taken Netflix by storm and even briefly invaded the Arp household itself. This last Saturday my wife and I had planned a lazy Saturday morning when all of a sudden she said…

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death’s sting

In the last few months my wife and I have experienced the death of people we were incredibly close to. And just one of these occasions could leave you without words…but the passing of multiple people you thought of as family can leave you floored. And I know, as a pastor, I’m supposed to have…

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changing minds

Having kids makes for a unique outlook on life. In fact, I think they help us appreciate things so much more. Recently I’ve begun to realize just how stubborn we grown-ups can be thanks to my own kids and food. In my family we basically have a rotation of about four meals consisting of fast…

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with great power

Yesterday the world lost an icon. Stan Lee was the founder of Marvel comics and the creator or co-creator of some of the best loved Superheroes of all time. These characters and their worlds of imagination have become household names: Daredevil‬, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four‬, Iron Man‬, Doctor Strange‬, The X-Men‬, The Avengers‬…

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a healthy body

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend and he asked me a pointed question about my morning routines. “So how many days a week do you usually run?” I responded with my typical five to six days a week, depending. He then asked, “Does your body not hurt?” And I thought a bit before…

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halloween revisited

So I’ve been at Nashville first a little over three months now. I’ve seen homecoming, The Harvest Celebration and even gotten to lead my first fall youth retreat. But last week I got to experience something that I am sure is going to grow to be a favorite of mine as far as all church…

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