Since Jesus Passed By

A number of years ago while part of a work camp in Durham, North Carolina, I was assigned to work with a group of young people on the house of an elderly African-American woman. Before even meeting her,… Read More

Because He Lives

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) I have sung the Gaither-penned Easter hymn Because He Lives countless times. About fourteen years ago, the hymn became deeply personal. It took on a whole… Read More

A Special Announcement

My Call to Ministry Part 1

When I was in high school, through the combined experiences of youth group, being on the Ashland District Youth Council, and participating in a summer work-camp called Richmond Metro Workcamp, I began to experience a call to ministry…. Read More

The Doorbell

When I was growing up, it was rare that doors were locked. I can remember as a kid roaming around and randomly going into my grandparents’ home next door. No knocking, and certainly no ringing of a doorbell…. Read More

On Shaving

Last month I participated in No-Shave November in memory of my father who passed from prostate cancer. I wrote about it in my post, Why I Am Not Shaving. There was a small thought floating in my head… Read More

Why I Am Not Shaving

It is rare that I don’t think about my father. When we sing a certain song in church, I remember singing it with him. When a song comes on the radio or iPod shuffle, I remember sitting the… Read More

Why Scott Simon’s Tweets Matter

Scott Simon of National Public Radio tweeted the last days of July while at the bedside of his ailing and dying mother. If we only truly realized how little time we have.., — Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 28,… Read More

Joy Conquers Fear: A Sermon

A sermon preached Sunday, December 16, 2013 at Peakland United Methodist Church.  Scriptures were: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18. The wilderness.  It was the place where the Hebrews wandered for forty years before reaching the Promised Land. … Read More

Penny’s Rescue

When I was in middle school, a friend of my Dad’s brought a collie to our house.  He had found her on the side of the road, hit by a car.  He took her to the vet.  He… Read More

Stand Up 2 Cancer

April 15, 2001.  Easter Sunday.  For the most part, it was like any other Easter Sunday.  Except for one thing.  One week prior, my father went into hospice care.  Dad was, instead of sitting in a pew, he… Read More

Learning to Sing Again

In Suzanne Collins’ book The Hunger Games characters Katniss and Peeta are District 12’s Tributes in the Games. (For those you haven’t read the book (A) you need to and (B) I promise to keep the spoilers to… Read More


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