The Problem With Margaritaville

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Currently under construction in Daytona Beach, Florida is a development called Latitude Margaritaville. When it’s finished next year, it will have about 7,000 homes available to buyers 55 or older. This isn’t a new concept; gated communities for seniors have been around for a while. What sets Margaritaville apart is that it is (to quote ...

The Domestic Trap

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I have recently felt sympathy for an adulterous woman. Such feelings are ill advised, I know. Proverbs says that the adulterous woman is bitter as gall and that her house is a highway to the grave. It says to stay away from her. Yet I can’t help being drawn in as I read Melissa Matthewson’s ...

Preacher, Don’t Tweet

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I would like to say a word against preachers tweeting. But before I do, I have two things that I need to disclose. 1.) I occasionally preach at Denton Community Church.  2.) I am on Twitter as @bwdaskam. I make no claim as to the quality of the sermons, but my tweets are indisputably of ...

On Inner Brilliance

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I have a pet theory that I like to call “The Doctrine of Inner Brilliance.” Despite that ridiculous name, or possibly because of it, I often find myself trying to explain this theory to friends, family members, and unsuspecting passersby. This doctrine concerns the individual and how he or she relates to the rest of ...

Wes Crawford Interview

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Last week I had the chance to talk with Wes Crawford about his history in music, his thoughts on worship, and his upcoming album. Unlike your meandering existence, this interview has been edited for clarity and length.   How did you initially get into music? Music was always a part of my life. My mom, ...

A Hermeneutic of Love

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Your spouse has sent you the following message:   Question: What does it mean? It is literal. Your spouse hopes to speak with you. It is conciliatory. You had a fight earlier, and he/she would like to patch things up. It is aggressive. You had a fight earlier, and he/she would like to continue it. ...

How to Fake Your Death

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I get it. You want to live out your days in anonymity on a remote beach. You’re picturing a life without burdens, debts, or responsibilities. But first things first. You need a plan. It’s not as easy to disappear as it used to be. Surveillance cameras are mounted on every corner and tucked into every pocket. ...

The Good Life & Community

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Two days after my high school graduation I drove with my older brother to Keystone, Colorado. Our plan was to spend the summer in the mountains before coming to UNT for the fall semester. Although “plan” is probably too strong a word, since we hadn’t thought to secure jobs or a place to stay before ...

Death Is My Life Coach

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A reader of this blog (oh, you read that right) recently asked me an unfair question. He requested a reading list on the good life. What can we read and consider that will make us more capable of facing down the next 50 or so years? His question was unfair because, really, that is the ...