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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, I was … Continue reading

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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 new meaning … Continue reading

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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. I don’t … Continue reading

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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. We would … Continue reading

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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 that I … Continue reading

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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 wooden pew … Continue reading

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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, 2013 The … Continue reading

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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.  It was … Continue reading

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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 couldn’t keep … Continue reading

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