The Appalachian Preacher is Abroad

It's been a while since I've written because I've been in process of following God into the unknown. I've been in Idaho for two weeks now--I still haven't finished unpacking the boxes and I'm nowhere near getting used to the smell of cattle feed lots. However, I have found the nearest Starbucks and began the process... Continue Reading →

Following God Into the Unknown

In January of 2006 I packed a bedroom suit, a loveseat, and a desk along with too many clothes and way too many books into a U-Haul and headed West.  I was off to seminary.  For several years I had simply assumed I would attend the Methodist School of Theology in Ohio (MTSO... or in... Continue Reading →

A Pilgrimage in the Social Hall

A handful of my parishioners and I joined together in the social hall for the purpose of making a pilgrimage. We were there to walk the Via Dolorosa together...the Way of Sorrows, or the Stations of the Cross.  On the night in which Jesus gave us the mandate to love one another, we came together... Continue Reading →

Modern Miracles (Giving Sight)

This amazing video popped up on my Facebook feed today, and all I could think of was John 9.  I offer the video, and a link to the scripture here for you without further comment--but I hope you will find as inspiring as I did. Happy meditations!

Bombs and Babies

I would knock the hell out of ISIS...[and] when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.  ~ Donald Trump (Time, December 2, 2015) Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox... Continue Reading →

Confess What? (Thoughts on Psalm 32)

The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven, whose sin is covered over, is truly happy! The one the Lord doesn't consider guilty-- in whose spirit there is no dishonesty-- that one is truly happy! When I kept quiet, my bones wore out; I was groaning all day long-- every day, every night!-- because your hand was... Continue Reading →

One Word at a Time

It was about four years ago that I decided to take my practice of spiritual writing up a notch and to dedicate myself to writing a post each day during Lent. How that season played out was not what I expected. I assumed I would write my simple little devotions and thoughts--and a handful would... Continue Reading →

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