The Failed Goat Ranch

About 15 years ago I had discovered the worst driving range in the country. It was in Utopia, Texas. Down here in Texas we call bad courses and ranges goat ranches. One day while I was hitting balls there, if you could call them balls, a gentleman drove by and stopped. He was the owner. His name was Wayne. To my recollection it was the only time I met him. I asked him what gave him the inspiration to build a driving range in the middle of nowhere. His answer floored me.

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The Company Next Door

I used to be a professor at the University of Kansas. It was an awesome experience that I will never forget. However, 12 years into it I felt the Lord leading us to give up tenure and to take a step of faith by starting a consulting firm—becoming an entrepreneur. My colleagues thought I was crazy. I had built one of the top graduate school sport psychology programs in the country. But God had other plans.

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Utopia Christmas Tree

Here is a Utopia Christmas tree. It’s my present to you since you can’t be here right now. I thought you would like it. Like me you long to be in such a place… to catch a glimpse of the daily “Obra Maestra” painted upon the backdrop of Utopia. This one left me breathless as I walked the Sabinal River bed. The peculiar silence offered a stage for this demonstration of awe. I watched as God’s brush stroke of colors caused the heart shaped ornaments to applaud in celebration.

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David L. Cook
The Twelve Foot Putt

I received a call one day from my colleague and dear friend, Dr. Rick McGuire, from the University of Missouri. It was back in the day when he and I were professors of sport psychology at our prospective schools. I was at KU. He was calling about a young mini tour golfer, Stan Utley, who he had been helping

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The Circle of Faith

When I was 14 an evangelist showed up at our public high school. At a school wide assembly that morning where he spoke he invited us to come down to his crusade that night. It would be held at the Heart of Texas Coliseum, in Waco, Texas—a rodeo arena.

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INFLUENCE

Just the other day I was invited to play golf and speak at our church’s annual golf tournament. The six campuses of this mega church in the DFW area gathered together to compete for the trophy that will be displayed for the next year at the church that wins. The course was packed.

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Juxtaposition

I had the privilege of preaching at 2nd Baptist Church of Houston a few years back. It is a mega church in Houston led by my friend Pastor Ed Young. They have several campuses and many thousands of members. After preaching several services at the main campus I was transferred in a van to the Katy, Texas, campus late Sunday morning for my final sermon. I had a wonderful time with the congregation. As I said my good byes, I headed across the highway from this affluent church to fill my truck with gas before driving back to San Antonio. I was dressed in my suit like most of the people there.

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Golf's Sacred Journey, The Sequel

A few years back I self-published Johnny’s US Open, the sequel to Golf’s Sacred Journey. Over the past two years we re-worked and overhauled it with the lead editors of Zondervan, the publishing company that published our first book. It has just been published nationally this past Monday and is in much better shape. It is a beautifully designed hardcover book. It has also been re-titled: Golf’s Sacred Journey, the Sequel.

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