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
Many of us probably have very fond memories of our mother. Perhaps it was an inspiration word she spoke to you. Maybe it was the way she always knew when you needed a hug at the end of a long day. Or maybe it was a favorite meal she made. Mom is a special person … More Let’s Hear It For Mom!
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
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?
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…
During this season of Lent, we have discussed some Holy Habits that can help us grow in our faith. Our final Holy Habit that we are talking about is serving others. Faith is not meant to be lived in isolation. The more we experience God’s love and grace, the more we share that love and grace … More Holy Habits: Serving Others
While on a mission trip to the Virgin Islands in 1996, I discovered my life verse. A life verse is a Bible (or verses) that summarize our understanding of God, our faith journey, or what we strive to be. In the middle of the Virgin Islands, with no power and nothing to do, I began to … More Holy Habits: Reading Scripture
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
Confession: I like to stay busy. I am not someone who likes to sit around and do nothing. I am always either doing something or thinking about the next thing to do. My wife is the same way, so we stay pretty busy in our house. But being busy is not always a good thing. … More Holy Habits: Silence and Solitude
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