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  1. I lived in Key West for about two years. The joke was always that the bars were always packed, but nobody drank. They just went there for the air conditioning.
  2. First thing I wouldn't do would be to make a big deal out of it. As the father of seven children, four of whom are teenagers, things like this come up all the time (not body piercing, thank goodness). I usually just pull out the ol' photo album and show them pictures of me with my bell bottoms, long hair, mullet, my earring, my vest (remember the early 90's when we decided that vests and bolo ties were a good idea?), my acid washed jeans, the leather pants, my wife's feathered hair, big hair, shoulder pads on ladies' dresses, etc. and I ask them how long they think those fads lasted. They us
  3. Don't have cicadas here. I miss them. But on the other hand, there's nothing quite as nice as listening to the breeze blow through the corn on a summer evening. Last night was so nice that my dog and I took the golf cart up to one of the fields and just walked. He chased deer and one fox, while I walked along and listened. It's very peaceful to hear the wind through the corn, just punctuated every few minutes by an owl calling his mate. A team of wild horses couldn't drag me back to the city.
  4. Funny you should mention this. I post on an extremely liberal "Christian" site and we just had this conversation. Is it wrong? I don't believe so. Is it wise, I don't believe it is because I believe it gives a false sense of holiness of the pastor. When somebody calls me "Reverend", I don't correct them, but I would never ask or encourage someone to call me that. "Pastor" or simply "Brother" is fine.
  5. I like Todd. I think he's a fine preacher, a good radio show host, and a nice guy. Although I don't really have a personal relationship with him, we've talked via email several times and he has shared my testimony on the air. Now that having been said, I think he does sometimes go a little overboard in his definitions. Not wrong, necessarily, just a little too aggressive. For example, I also disgaree with the way he defines coveting as any desire to have anything, whereas my understanding of the word would be not merely wanting something, but a jealousy that comes from being unsatisfied wit
  6. What if you just want to dance with your wife? I dance with my wife all the time, but I don't see how that exalts the flesh. I dance with my daughters all the time and I certainly don't see how that exalts the flesh. Why can't you just dance for the sake of dancing or to be close to someone?
  7. I think it depends on what you mean. On the one hand, there is cheapening God's Word by not preaching reverently and on the other, there are some preachers (I think I'm one of them) who will sometimes say things in a funny way in order to make a point. Using humor just in the way we talk is fine. But turning Sunday morning into open mic night at the Chuckle Hut is not. I once entitled a sermon, "You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Psalm is About You". That's about as close as I get to outright comedy.
  8. Thanks. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. It just can't get here fast enough for me.
  9. I'm not sure what you mean by saying that homeschooled children are "sheltered". Our children are out in the "real world" far more than their government schooled counterparts.
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