• I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. – Voltaire Here in the United States we have freedom of speech which often allows us to say whatever we want without risking censure or punishment by the government. This right is without question, one of […]

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  • 5 March 2015 - clay

    Hey, no pressure

    But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. – Matthew 1:20-21 (NRSV) As a father, sometimes I […]

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    20 October 2014 - clay

    It won’t happen on my watch

    Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my days.” – Isaiah 39:8 Life is hard work. We not only have to worry about the day to day problems that come up, but we should also be mindful […]

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    12 August 2014 - clay

    What are we waiting on?

    7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. – Micah 7:7 Our culture is not one of patience. We rush around from one thing to the next, constantly moving, afraid of missing out on something. Sure, there are a few […]

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    9 August 2014 - clay

    So much contention, so little love

    In the Christian blogosphere right now there are several hot topics going around. In one, a well-known pastor has come under fire (again) for some moral shortcomings. In another, a well-known conservative commentator[ref]1. I think she’s more of a bomb-thrower, but that’s just my opinion[/ref] has thrown Christian medical missionaries under the bus, calling their […]

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  • This last week, if anyone tried to access this site, they were met with a very friendly GoDaddy page which stated that claywginn.com was either being renewed or deleted. I didn’t find this out until a day or so ago, and then waited patiently while my renewal worked it’s way back through the system. Thus, on […]

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    26 July 2014 - clay

    What is an effective pastor?

    Thom Rainer[ref]1. President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources and a former pastor and seminary professor.  I picture he and Ed Stetzer as the Batman and Robin of the Southern Baptist Convention.[/ref] posted an article yesterday on his Pastors Today site that I think deserves a little extra scrutiny. From the top, I want to say I […]

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    23 July 2014 - clay

    Curators of our own pride

    I’m using Facebook as the primary example here, but feel free to insert any other social media site you want in its place.  I love Facebook. It helps me to keep up with some of my friends who live great distances from me. It allows me to learn just a bit more about those who […]

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  • Even if you haven’t read the books or seen the movies, this should still make plenty of sense. No spoilers either, in case you’re worried.  About a year or so back, I decided to watch the first Hunger Games movie. I was underwhelmed to say the least. The story seemed flat, the acting seemed wooden[ref]1. Except […]

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  •   18 For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. – Romans 7:18-19 This is a real day brightener, isn’t […]

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