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Rob O'Lynn
I teach. I preach. I write. I travel. I play. I parent.
I teach. I preach. I write. I travel. I play. I parent.

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Book Review: "Grace Is Greater" by Kyle Idleman
Kyle Idleman.   Grace is Greater: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Plan, and Rewrite Your Story .  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2017.  188 pp.  $15.99. Grace
is a major conversation topic within Christianity.  The front matter of this book alone at...

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Book Review: "Preaching Killer Sermons" by Lane Sebring
Lane Sebring, Preaching Killer Sermons: How to Create and Deliver Messages that Captivate and Inspire  (Centreville, VA: Preaching Donkey, 2016), 191 pp. $12.48. I
took my first official preaching course in the Fall 1999 semester.  In that course, I was int...

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Book Review: 'Listen, Love, Repeat' by Karen Ehan
few years ago, I sat across from a smiling man who shared a revolutionary idea
with me: the whole purpose of our existence is to share God’s love with
everyone around us.  Doing so may come in
physical expression, in quiet prayer for another, in serving o...

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Book Review: 'Near Christianity' by Anthony Le Donne
I was working on my doctorate, I traveled back and forth between Huntington,
West Virginia (where I lived), and Memphis, Tennessee (where I was
attending).  On one of my flights to
Memphis, I was seated next to an older gentlemen who was traveling to ...

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Review: "Make a Break for It" by Bill Purvis
Purvis.  Make a Break for It: Unleashing the Power of Personal and Spiritual
Growth .  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan,
2016.  216pp.  $21.99. According
to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary ,
one defines “direction” as “ the path along which
something moves, ...

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DC Movies: First to Worst
Last week, I ranked Marvel's live-action films (at least the 37 I have seen) from first to worst. Thanks to everyone who read the list and have asked me about it since. This week, I'm tackling the DC films. As I mentioned last week, I am more of a DC guy. I...

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Leadership Lessons I Learned from "Jurassic World" (With Apologies to Alissa Wilkinson)
I am luke-warm when it comes to my opinion of Jurassic World , the recent and 4th installment of the Jurassic Park  franchise. I had issues with when I went to see it, issues that were validated when I saw it.  This, however, is not a review of Jurassic Wor...

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Semicolon Theology
Did you hear?  RNS columnist Jonathan Merritt got his first tattoo yesterday! Okay...that might not be the most startling news from yesterday. [Although, to be honest, I have a friend who is still waiting on me to get my first one...17 years later.] And, in...

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Marvel Movies: Best to Worst
I know, I know.  It's been awhile since I've "shared."  Hey, that's life for some of us.  However, after watching the latest "in-stall-ment" of the Fantastic Four  movie franchise, I would offer my opinion on how it ranks against the 35 or so other Marvel f...

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Review: "More: From Messes to Miracles" by Tammie Head
is an ancient practice in Celtic Christianity called the “soul friend.”   Essentially, it was the earliest systematized
form of the contemporary practice of mentoring where one Christian seeks
guidance, instruction or discipline from another Christian...
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