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The Priority Of Oneness

June 29, 2017

When I finished up the final preparations for a wedding ceremony recently, I concluded with some simple thoughts that I wanted to share with the couple. In the midst of this important and exciting season of their lives, how could I add value to their new relationship that would hopefully sustain them for the years […]

Heart Problems

June 25, 2017

The psalm writer once declared, “My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all!” {Psalm 25:17} Have you ever felt like that? There are those seasons when it seems like we just go from problem to problem and each problem goes from bad to worse. When it comes to problems in […]

Five Favorite Quotes From John Wesley

November 18, 2014

One of the most influential leaders in my life and ministry has been John Wesley. His desire to speak “plain truth for plain people” caught my attention in my college years and has inspired and encouraged me ever since. Here are five of my favorite examples of Wesley’s “plain truth for plain people.” 1) “I […]

“Offer Them Christ”: 2012 in review

January 19, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get […]

Baptized By Grace

October 4, 2012

This coming Sunday I will celebrate the baptism of two young people. They will gather at the pond of a church member, sing a couple of songs, read some Scripture, make covenant promises, and be dunked into the baptismal waters of the holy land (McLeansville, NC). It will be an important day for the two […]

“Extra Grace Required”

October 2, 2012

Some years ago our church did a study of Rick Warren’s best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life. On “Day Nineteen,” Warren’s words grabbed my attention: “In every church and in every small group, there is at least one ‘difficult’ person, usually more than one. These people may have special emotional needs, deep insecurities, irritating mannerisms, […]

Seeking Grace

September 25, 2012

None of this was my idea. As I write this, I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for 37 years and a local church pastor for 28 years. I did not choose either of these. They chose me. Why? Only God knows. I was not raised in a Christian home. Honestly, I was raised […]

Evidence Of Grace

September 21, 2012

For a number of months we began our weekly staff meeting at the church by asking the question, “Where have you seen the evidence of God’s grace in the church, or in your life, in the past week?” Originally I intended that this question would spark a lively celebration of grace sightings among us. I […]

Grace In The Nick Of Time

September 20, 2012

At the worst possible time I had a “wardrobe malfunction.” It was the day of a wedding I was to conduct. I had dressed in my black “marrying” tuxedo complete with black suspenders to hold up the pants that had no belt loops. Everything had gone off without a hitch. In fact, I had gotten […]

A Mission And Message Of Grace

September 19, 2012

One Sunday after church the mother of a shy elementary school student asked if her daughter could ask me some questions for a school assignment. I told her I would be delighted to answer her questions and invited the whole family into my office. The mother explained that her daughter’s teacher had assigned each student […]