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Halloween Tragedy In Progress

I interrupt my chronic abandonment of this blog to bring you the following announcement: After a long and comforting absence, Dr Harold Toboggans has been sighted again in Memphis.

Reliable sources confirm rumors that the infamous psychoanalyst is set to attend the Cooper Young Trunk or Treat celebration this Sunday, October 31st. The event is scheduled to run from 4pm to 6pm at 1015 Cooper Ave, so, in the interest of safety, I suggest you all head to Arkansas.

Amazingly, the Doctor is already blogging about this hideous new plan over at the Mind Over Memphis site.

The brave/foolhardy can find more details on the impending Trunk or Treat tragedy here.

Bowling for Conflict

Bowling for Conflict

When some people tell the story, following Jesus marks the end of all problems.

Birds sing, the sun comes out from behind the clouds, and you never have to eat leftovers again.

This has not been my experience.

Like every other facet of the human experience, conflict is not eliminated by the life of faith, just changed.

Recently, I had an opportunity to talk a bit about this at Lifelink Memphis.

After the talk, my words were smuggled out, one syllable at a time, by audio ninjas and lovingly reassembled inside the button-thingy below.

You don’t have to click on it.

But the ninjas will be disappointed in you.

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Happy Holidays?

About this time last year I wrote a couple of posts, Save Your Christmas and Bring a Light, in which I suggested that if christians were really dissatisfied with the way the Christmas story was being told by our society, they wouldn’t waste time with protests, but instead tell a better story.

I also introduced readers to the Advent Conspiracy and the growing idea of opting out of Christmas Incorporated in favor of smaller, saner, and more personal expressions of love and community.

advent conspiracy

This year my friends at Lifelink Memphis have really embraced the concept, and together we are spending all month exploring Christmas and ways to make it more meaningful, enjoyable, and fulfilling.

I believe we are on the trail of a better story, not just one more worth telling, but one more worth living.

Oh, and I’m leading one of the classes.

So if you find yourself in Memphis this December, join me Sundays at 9:30 for a closer look at the ideas of Advent Conspiracy and stay for service at 10:15.

The story is just getting good.

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Weekend Bonus – N’Dependence

In the spirit of the holiday weekend, I thought I might share a live public address that I gave several years ago at Lifelink Memphis about the role of dependence and independence in the lives of spiritual people.

Considering that it is me, jokes are provided but it’s not really comedy. It’s long, about 45 minutes, and I’m still trying to figure out how to make it downloadable, so it’s sort of stuck to this page. Sorry.

I use some strong language, offensive to atheists and churchy types alike, as I take to task the hypocritical christian culture that confuses so many with marketing and formulas and thick layers of artificiality, so be warned.

Due to a possibly slumbering sound tech, it starts in the middle of sentence but I think it will be alright.

This is it here:

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Happy Saturday,.