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I read recently of a man who made the following quote, “Things are in the saddle and ride mankind.” I would agree that things are riding mankind all right, but they are not in the saddle. … more
In the midst of an ever-changing world caused by an invasive virus, we find ourselves in a time of uncertainty. Although I would love to address something other than the pink elephant in the room, I … more
The headlines are starting to shift a little, but the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, still dominates the news and probably our minds. Fear and anxiety tend to reign as we consider questions like: Does … more
Years ago, I picked up a book titled “Christless Christianity.” The book’s cover had a picture of the Last Supper with Jesus blotted out. This was rather intriguing to me. What … more
Everyone wants to be known as tolerant. But what does that mean? The concept of “tolerance” has undergone a drastic shift in definition over the last several decades. It used to be that … more
Long ago, Moses gave the people of God an important admonishment before he was taken from them. As they prepared to enter the promised land without Moses, he told them, “Be strong and … more
On Nov. 8, I flew out of the Cody airport to go home to North Carolina. As we began our long trek across the country, my thoughts quickly turned toward my heartache of knowing it could become the day … more
In wrapping up 2019, I kept thinking about 1999 and how Y2K was going to be “the end” of us all. Now, here we are, 20 years later (with more gigabytes on our phones than our computers … more
I was actually running in the Boston Marathon! If someone would have told me five years ago I would run a marathon, let alone qualify for Boston, I would not have believed them. But here I was! As … more
On Dec. 27, a radio voice announced that “Christmas is over!” Wait just a minute here. For many churches, Christmastide does not end until the 12th day of Christmas arrives with the 12 … more
Ready or not, 2020 is here. I have a suggestion for you as we begin this new year in our community. We often make resolutions for a new year. We set goals. We make plans. William Booth founded … more
Many people would say this is their favorite holiday, or their favorite time of year. Singers on our Christmas playlists croon, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Hallmark … more
We live in an imperfect world with imperfect people. I know that this statement seems overly simple and we all know that it is true. As we live in this imperfect time and place, we often find … more
The holiday season is now upon us and for some that means the enjoyment of Christmas music, gifts and gathering together with family. For others, however, the holidays can be a dark and depressing … more
For several years my wife and I lived on a mountain just above the snow line. On winter mornings we would rush to the window to see if our world was covered with a blanket of white. Sometimes it … more
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Being from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, I have a good understanding of what incredible colors can be seen from autumn leaves. Not to … more
Grace to you and peace. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided … more
Have you ever been given a task and you have a million ideas of how you will accomplish it, but when setting out to do it, none of them seem right? Well, that is me writing this right now. When you … more
Recently I have been running through a sermon series and personal devotional on Jonah. It’s a story I think most humanity is familiar with, whether it’s a story you were told at bedtime … more
I had to laugh the other day when a friend recounted to me one of the headlines from the Christian satire website, The Babylon Bee: “Media Warns Excessive Forgiveness Could Set Back Outrage … more
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