Author Archives: C. Lynn Gibson, DPhil, CFSP

About C. Lynn Gibson, DPhil, CFSP

I am a husband, father of 4 wonderful children, funeral service caregiver, and teacher. Currently, I am a Managing Partner of Smith Life & Legacy in Maryville, TN and Associate Professor at Oxford Graduate School's American Centre for Religion and Society Studies. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford Graduate School. I am currently working with Stellenbosch University on post-doctoral research. Perhaps most importantly, I am a man of faith who professes Christ as Lord in all matters of life.

You Are Beloved!

I have been thinking lately about my role as a parent – the joy I have to father my four children. Among the many responsibilities I have to love, care, feed, and protect my progeny, what else can I do … Continue reading

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Let Go, Dad

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon recently, my daughter Netsanet issued this simple command: “Let go, Dad.” No, she didn’t scream it at me. It was more of a quiet resolve as if to say “I’ve got this now.” For weeks, … Continue reading

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Best Christmas Ever!

We’ve almost made it. Despite the cacophony of voices and activities that vied for our time through the holidays, Christmas is almost here. For me, amid the hustle and bustle, it is helpful to have something to center upon as … Continue reading

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Grab & Go 4: The Power and Promise of Hope

Continuing with my current series, “Grab & Go”, I’m thinking a lot today about the power and promise of hope. Today was my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. Yes – a big deal in our house. Five years ago, her … Continue reading

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Grab & Go 3: “The Church”

A post about “church” is definitely in order on a dreary overcast Sunday afternoon. If you haven’t been tracking with me, I’ve recently been working through some big ideas of Frederick Buechner’s Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. … Continue reading

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Grab & Go 2: “Message in the Stars”

  Do I dare propose that we can “Grab & Go” the profundity of Frederick Buechner in small bite-size blog posts? This may sound like sacrilege to some, oxymoronic to others – like “reasonable attorney fees” or “the same difference” … Continue reading

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Grab & Go

I confess that “Grab & Go” is not the most flattering of phrases that describes the enlightened human practices of the twenty-first century Western world. Yet, for many of us, it is a necessary tool for basic day-to-day survival – … Continue reading

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