Communion, the Kingdom, and Babies

  One of the greatest joys I have as a minister is giving communion to children.  I love watching the looks on their faces as they receive the bread and dip it into the cup. Once children reach a certain age, they are not so bashful about asking for a big piece or asking for... Continue Reading →

Shift Your Perspective

Yesterday, an interesting video was making the rounds on social networking sites.   A child abuse prevention network called Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation has launched a new ad campaign which makes use of lenticular images.  Essentially, anyone standing below 4.5 feet tall will see a different image from those who are taller than... Continue Reading →

Prayer For A New Week

Dear Lord, It is so easy to see you in the beauty of new life:  the laugh of a baby, the perfection of a flower in bloom, the sun reflecting on the smooth surface of a calm lake... But I want to see you in the faces of the people you came to save:  the... Continue Reading →

Talk About Sufferin’

There is an old Ricky Skaggs' song, Talk About Sufferin', that I have always found startlingly beautiful. The song itself is a prime example of mountain music:  A blend of vocal harmonies without musical accompaniment, and a simple, repetitive verse and chorus conducive to memorization in an oral culture. While driving down the road, I find myself... Continue Reading →

Milkbones, Fences, and New Friends

I am a dog lover.  Always have been.  Always will be. It's a plain and simple fact about me that most people learn within seconds of meeting me. Put me in the vicinity of anything cute and fuzzy, and I'm in heaven.  Put me in the vicinity of a dog, and I'm in seventh heaven.... Continue Reading →

Red Alert!

I am a Trekkie.  I admit it.  And I came about it honestly.  My father was one of the original Trekkies and he instilled a deep love of all things Star Trek in his children at an early age. One of the ways I like to unwind at the end of a long day is... Continue Reading →

Stretched

"Tell me about your first choice," Dr. Richards asked, regarding my dilemma about which seminary I should consider attending. Up until that month, my choice had always been easy.  I would attend the closest Methodist seminary to my hometown--it was about three hours away.  I would be able to come home frequently, and could even... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Joy

This evening, after a visit to the veteran's hospital, I stopped at Starbucks, ordered a venti iced tea, and sat on the patio to read through some commentaries in preparation for this weekend's message. Today was one of those perfect spring days that you wish would go on and on without end.  The sky was... Continue Reading →

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