The Next Step

It’s graduation season and that means it is time to celebrate. Going back to my time in youth ministry, I have always enjoyed this time of year because it is filled with so much hope and optimism for the future. Graduation is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our past, but it is also … More The Next Step

A Life-Changing Experience

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in Acts 9. It is the story of Saul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus. The story begins with Saul “breathing our murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples,” and ends with Saul being identified by God as a “chosen instrument to proclaim [God’s] name … More A Life-Changing Experience

What’s Next?

Wow! You are an AMAZING church! I loved seeing so many of you on Easter Sunday, and I loved that many of you stepped out of your comfort zones to invite someone to be with us in worship. There are so many stories I could share with you, but here are just a few that … More What’s Next?

Sunday’s Coming…

For the last few weeks, we have journeyed to the cross in preparation for this weekend. We have read Luke’s gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus; we have studied the Lord’s Prayer and prayed this prayer daily; we have spent time each week in prayer and celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion; … More Sunday’s Coming…

Finish The Race

This summer, thousands of people will gather in Atlanta to run the 50thPeachtree Road Race. Several years ago, I decided to run the race for the first time. I am not a runner, but having been born and raised in Georgia, I felt this was an event that I should try at least one time. … More Finish The Race

Holy Habits: Fasting

One of the events I inherited as a first-time youth minister 20 years ago was the 30 Hour Famine. This event challenged teenagers (and those adults who worked with them) to give up eating from noon on Friday to 6 PM on Saturday. The youth would gather together for a lock-in at the church and encourage … More Holy Habits: Fasting