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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…

Contemplation: The Temple Within

Contemplation: The Temple Within

Not long ago, at our Virginia Baptist state convention, I went to a breakout session that was led by members of the Epiphany Institute of Spirituality, a group of Baptists who…

Giving God a Thrift Gift

Giving God a Thrift Gift

There are all kinds of holiday gifts, other than the shiny new ones you generally find beneath the tree.  You might give someone an “experience gift,” like when my mom,…

Can a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?

Can a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:1-2) Every now and then,…

A New Commandment

A New Commandment

 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke…

The Gift of Tears

The Gift of Tears

Do you ever cry when you pray? Sometimes when I’m deep in prayer, tears flow on their own.  Of course, this may happen when I’m crying out in anguish to…

Humble Pie

Humble Pie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  If you plan to host a Thanksgiving celebration, you would do well to begin planning now.  There are so many things to cook, from…