An Open Letter to the Youth of the Greater Fairmont Area

The young people in the community I serve are currently reeling from the unexpected and tragic death of one of their own.  I didn't know the young man, Devante Waites, and I don't even know the full circumstances of his death other than it was a senseless tragedy.  Apparently, the violence he was trying to... Continue Reading →

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Tuesday evening, my heart broke twice. First, it broke when I received the news that Pat, a beloved parishioner, had passed away.  Pat was a wonderful woman who will leave behind a legacy of riotous laughter and chaotic family gatherings. I've only known her for the past two years, and she's been battling one health... Continue Reading →

Enemies: A Confession

The past two Sundays I have felt compelled to include a prayer "for our enemies" in the Pastoral Prayer section of worship.  This is not unique to my style of worship--I often do this.  But during Lent it seems doubly important to remember that God's grace and the gift and sacrifice of Jesus Christ isn't... Continue Reading →

Goodbye, General Omar Bradley

No.  Not that one.  Not the General Omar Bradley of World War II fame and former Chief of Staff of the US Army. I'm talking about this one: Omar came into my life in early September of 2008.  I had recently graduated seminary and began my first appointment as a full-time minister in the United... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk About When I Die: Part 2 (Hope)

I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers  or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.  (Romans 8:38-39, CEB) Ultimately, this is the reason why I don't fear death.  I... Continue Reading →

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