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Perilous Preaching

Perilous Preaching

Recently, I read the following story: Dr. Clarence Bass, professor emeritus at Bethel Theological Seminary, early in his ministry preached in a church in Los Angeles. He thought he had…

I AM is Here

I AM is Here

What’s the worst storm you’ve ever experienced?  For me, that would be the tornado that ripped through Amelia, Virginia, in May of 2003.  I remember driving down the road and…

The Test

The Test

I invite you to take just a moment and think about the teachers that you liked best when you were in school.  No doubt they made an impression on you…

The Peaceable Kingdom, by Edward Hicks.  C. 1820                      

The Peaceable Kingdom, by Edward Hicks.  C. 1820                      

The Peaceable Kingdom This Bible tapestry contains many thematic threads, woven together to create one beautiful scene. Perhaps the scene itself is the Peaceable Kingdom, with its various wild and…

Can I Get a Witness?

Can I Get a Witness?

Recently, I read a story about witnessing: When he was the pastor of the Methodist church in Scarborough, William Sangster had an eccentric member who tried to be a zealous…

The Family Business

The Family Business

Many of you know people who received the mentorship of their parents and entered the family profession.  In my community, Ronnie learned how to be a farmer from his father…

Lame Excuses

Lame Excuses

Mike Lupica writes in Esquire: Deion “Prime Time” Sanders, outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, is the only athlete to have hit a Major League…

Forgetting on Purpose

Forgetting on Purpose

This past June, my beautiful daughter got married to a wonderful young man whom I have known and loved for ten years.  While I cried at their wedding, and my…

Believing is Seeing

Believing is Seeing

My first ministry position was when I was in college, finishing up my undergraduate degree in religious studies. As a first-time minister it was strange for me to leave the…

Limping or Leaping

Limping or Leaping

The New Year is a time when many people reevaluate their lives to determine what’s working and what’s not working.  Now that we’re two weeks into 2017, now that you’ve…