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Patrick A. Mead

Patrick Mead is the lead minister for the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin, Tennessee. A scientist by education – he holds doctorates in psychology and psychoneuroimmunology – he comes to faith by a different path and looks at scripture with a different lens than that used by most ministers. Remaining active in his field, he works with various police agencies as well as federal and international law enforcement agencies as a trainer in ethics, leadership, and avoiding burnout or PTSD. He helps several churches a year restructure their leadership, vision, and programs to better match the world in which they find themselves. Several times a year, he teaches one or two day courses at various universities including The Ohio State University. Patrick has been married to the former Kami Taylor of Denver, Colorado for the last 35 years. They have two grown children and three very young grandchildren. Both of their children are very active in their churches. A confirmed introvert, Patrick rests and resets by reading two to four books a week, playing one of his guitars every day, and by rejoicing in the discipline of silence and solitude. Websites: www.travelingmead.net www.fourthavenuechurch.org www.patheos.com

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He sent a baby. Didn’t see that coming. Oh, we knew He would send something, or someone. And it was going to be awesome… And terrible. Truth be told, we deserved “terrible” more than “awesome.” For thousands of years we gave lip service And not much else. We worshiped ourselves, did our own thing. We hoped for a king who would destroy our enemies While overlooking the fact that our sins were just like theirs. But sending a…

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I have a couple of choices of routes from my home to my office. One of them winds through beautiful countryside that quickly makes you forget you are within a few miles of a major metropolitan area. I find it calming and lovely.

While the seasons, harvests, and time of year change my views one thing remains: I drive by the king of septic tanks. It is a small farm enclosure,…

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I have often wrestled God down by the river…and everywhere else. There was a time in my life where I wasn’t sure He was there. Truth be told, I hoped He wasn’t anywhere at all. A great deal of my inner conflicts would be resolved or put at rest if I could be certain there was no God.

Those conflicts revolved around two main centers of angst: the “gotcha” nature…

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My wife and I just got back from three days at Scotfest, the largest gathering of its kind in the United States. This annual celebration of all things Scottish and Irish (to be fair, it was about 80% Scottish) takes place in Estes Park, Colorado at an elevation of 9100ft. The setting is spectacular in the shadow of Longs…

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I like watching magicians, especially the great Penn and Teller. I’m not one of those who gets frustrated wanting to know how they did it; I just enjoy the surprise and skill of the trick. There is an amazing amount of thought, preparation and practice in a magic trick and you have to get it exactly right or…it isn’t a…

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After my last post – a look at a Jesus story out of Mark – I was asked to look at this story out of John 9 and walk through that in the same way. Okay, here we go…

But before we can get started in chapter 9 we need to remember John’s overarching theme. We don’t have…

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I’ve mentioned before that I took time decades ago to read the Gospels over and over for six months. It changed my world. It changed everything. On Wednesday evenings at Fourth Avenue in Franklin, TN I share some of the stories in a class called “Just Jesus Stories.” We covered one last night that hasn’t stopped rocking my world…

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It’s been a couple of months ago now but I remember thinking “whaa?” when I got a message asking me if I thought we might add any more books to our Bible. Back in the day when I wrote the Tentpegs blog I might have just ignored that question and I almost ignored it this time…but it haunted me. The…

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After the Waiting…

I love the Advent season – the lights, the prayers, the buying of presents, arranging them under the tree, the songs, and the special gatherings to celebrate the Lord. And yet…I keep thinking about the whole “waiting and then the gift” paradigm I see in scripture and it gives me pause. No one wants to give a present…

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In the churches of my youth the Bible was read several times during each worship period. A passage would be read before communion (usually First Corinthians 11:23ff or a portion of Isaiah 53), another before the sermon (usually a few verses that were part of the text being used by the minister), and during Bible class where we used the text as you would a “Wordsearch” puzzle, finding answers…

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