Wonderful, wonderful

Isaac Watts wrote this hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” in 1707 during a time in the Protestant Church when the Psalms were exclusively sung in worship. That’s right, only scripture—no hymns! None, that is, until Watts wrote over seven hundred of them, many of which remain favorites in churches all across denominations. “When […]

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Thank you, Fred

Fred Craddock died recently and it’s no stretch to eulogize him as a preaching genius. Just before his death, the Christian Century had a beautiful tribute to his ministry in Cherry Long, Georgia. The author mentions how Craddock changed his life, which is true for many preachers, including my father and me. While reminiscing over the phone, […]

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Honest Abe and Jesus Want You

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is unable to stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will be unable to stand. Mark 3:24-25 On June 16th, 1858 more than a thousand delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois for the Republican State Convention. They chose a young lawyer nicknamed Honest […]

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Ogres

The following was preached at the Dublin Community Lenten service on February 25th “Ogres” Mark 3:1–6 ***** If I say the word, anger, what image comes to mind? A red-faced two-year-old, stamping his foot in the grocery store because his father will not allow the coveted chocolate bar before supper? Such frustration at not receiving […]

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The Greatest of These

The following was offered as part of the funeral service for Dan Currie Bell. I’ve included it here because I believe the message is widely applicable. ***** There have been many stories told today; but, if you’ll permit one more, I have a perspective to share as pastor of this congregation. In addition to all […]

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Holy Hunger

I’ve written a piece for the Roanoke Times which you can find here:

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In the suffering eyes reflected in mine

“Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.”[1] This quote reminds me of Kayla Mueller—the remarkable young American woman who […]

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Mom’s Pizza Dough Recipe

Click on this link for a 90 second sermon about family traditions, welcoming tables, and the spirit versus the letter of the Law.

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My Rest by the Way

O God, be the goal of my pilgrimage and my rest by the way. ~Augustine As the sun set, dust bit into the far horizon, its teeth marks leaving half-light for a dozen joyful children, still running, laughing, and playing in the park. Over their squeals of delight, you can hear the adolescent boys playing […]

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God Complex Radio

God Complex Radio Interview

A few months ago, I was interviewed by Derrick Weston for the program, God Complex Radio. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Derrick and his co-host, Carol Howard Merritt. I believe our conversation would be helpful for you to hear, as well as enjoyable. So take a few minutes and listen via the […]

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