Monday, 01 September 2014
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Do you pray with your eyes closed?
Behind the Chute: Lessons from Cowboy Church
Written by Scott Hilgendorff   
Thursday, 21 March 2013 16:31

During prayer at cowboy church, I've seen cowboys and bull riders gather in a circle, hands in. I've seen them all kneel together. I've seen them both kneel or stand in the arena when the announcer does the prayer in the opening. I've seen them my symbolic cross gestures across their chests and I've seen them hold the cross they wear around their necks. Most of the time, I see them prayer with their eyes closed.

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Integrity matters
Behind the Chute: Lessons from Cowboy Church
Written by Scott Hilgendorff   
Friday, 07 December 2012 00:54

By Scott Hilgendorff
www.cowboysofthecross.com    
    Integrity. It’s one of the characteristics of a cowboy of the Old West and an attribute defended by John Wayne in his movies.

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Behind the Chute: Remembering Dean
Behind the Chute: Lessons from Cowboy Church
Monday, 21 November 2011 19:58

When you take on a role in ministry, you have to be so serious. Right now, as we mourn the loss of a friend, how can we be anything but serious.

Yet when I think of Dean, it was his, 'out there' sense of humour that I recognize him by. I never knew what a 'butterface' was until I met Dean.

And it was my own seriousness that let me take Dean off guard at one rodeo that seems forever-ago. Working as a photographer, Dean kept bugging me to take pictures of the pretty girls in the stands and he'd snatch my camera to look through the telephoto lens. He'd point out a girl, tell me to take a picture of her and I'd move the camera to someone I knew Dean would think was a butterface.

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October's Behind the Chute: Lessons from Cowboy Church
Behind the Chute: Lessons from Cowboy Church
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 22:52

James 1:19-27 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

More than one cowboy has shared with me struggles he has with anger. We see flashes of it in the arena or behind the chutes when a bull riders gets two-jumped into the dirt on a bull they should have been 86 points with. We see it when a bull dogger's hazer messes up the run during a last shot at making the finals.

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Smooth Move Cody, Smooth Move
Blogs - Tales From the Ranch
Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:05

You know when you wake up in the morning and you just have a bad feeling that you are going to do something stupid? Yeah well last week yours truly ignored this feeling and proceeded with his day... these are the events that followed.

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Giving up your shirt or your bull rope
Behind the Chute: Lessons from Cowboy Church
Written by Scott Hilgendorff   
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 22:07

A rider no one knew from Colorado entered a bull riding in Georgia for the Saturday night performance out of a Friday and Saturday show. He managed to get there a day early, his equipment still with a car load of other riders who had broken down somewhere in Florida.

The bull riding came up short on riders that night and they were looking for people willing to ride exhibition, meaning they’d get no money, just experience.

This young man stepped up and volunteered but would need to borrow equipment, drawing one of the rankest bulls in the pen; not the kind of bull you want to ride without equipment.

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