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Meditation and Medication

Meditation and Medication

Today, I visited a lady named Bertha. She shared with me an experience that was so profound that I wanted to tell it to you today. With her permission, I’ll…

One-Sentence Prayers

One-Sentence Prayers

Some of our best prayers are short, one-word or one-sentence utterances to God that need not fuss over length or eloquence. Like in the winter weather that we’ve been having,…

Accentuating Accents

Accentuating Accents

Last night, I overheard a phone conversation between my wife and her grandmother.  Grandma is a little hard of hearing, and I think it’s because of this that she was…

Absalom and Ittai

Absalom and Ittai

Sometime in your life, you’ve felt betrayed.  You may have been betrayed by a co-worker, a friend, or a family member.  You may have been betrayed by a fellow Christian…

To Gaze on the Beauty of the Lord

To Gaze on the Beauty of the Lord

For the Christian mystic, nothing could be greater, more pleasurable, more sublime an experience than to be granted a vision of the face of Christ.  Once or twice while in…

I Am Among You as the One Who Serves

I Am Among You as the One Who Serves

Everyone has heard the stereotypical expression “I live to serve.”  Though intended to mean that the speaker genuinely enjoys providing the needs of others, it is generally muttered under the…

Really Home

Really Home

For the past eight months, my family has made the parsonage of Bethel Baptist Church our home. At the beginning of June, after multiple trips and much exhausting labor, and…

Evangelizing Amelia

Evangelizing Amelia

According to a recent Pew report, “Nones” are on the rise in America. You may ask, “What are Nones?” They’re not religious women who wear habits—in fact, they may be…

A Line in the Sand

A Line in the Sand

About 3/4 of a mile from the house where I grew up, there was a fire tower. They used to be all over Virginia, but there are a lot fewer…

Clerics, Relics, & Relish

Clerics, Relics, & Relish

What’s the difference between clerics and relics? A little relish. When I was a teenager in Hanover County, Virginia, our church went through the transition of my pastor’s resignation.  Not…