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 →

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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