“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For th…

I am learning that little things are easy to miss. As the Apostle Paul wrote letters to people and churches, he was careful to make sure he took time to thank God when God accomplished great things in the lives of His saints. In 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Paul writes: “We are bound to thank God alw…

For many years, Vacation Bible School in Baptist circles began with three pledges: the pledge to the American flag, the pledge to the Christian flag and the pledge to the Bible. In my previous pastorate, at First Baptist Church in Edgefield, one VBS morning I was leading the children in the …

I recently watched an interview with a famous Southern author, taped all the way back in 1974. The setting was a luscious courtyard in the French Quarter of New Orleans. You aren’t surprised.

The lectionary texts over the Easter season this year included selections from the Book of Revelation. This complex book opens one’s imagination and invites the reader to peer into a vivid vision of John of Patmos. John is exiled on the Greek Island of Patmos during the persecution of Christ…

This summer, I am preaching a sermon series that I have titled, “Working through Weeping Wounds.” Each Sunday I am addressing those festering, oozing and painful wounds that we each carry deep down in the depths of our soul. Last week we addressed the weeping wound of bitterness. I have disc…

As Christians, we are in the midst of the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. which this year falls on June 9. More than anything else, we remember Pentecost as the occasion when the Holy Spirit fell upon the first believers, resulting in the closest ever relationship between God and human…

My faith has been a source of strength, transformation, life and hope for me (James). As Christians, it is difficult to imagine a life without Christ in our lives. We long to help others come to know the same grace that we have experienced. I am often asked, “how can we make our faith meanin…

Pastor’s love books. Most of us have vast libraries, and yes, we have read all of the books you find there. Well, maybe most of them. In my church study, I have a book that another pastor gave me 20 years ago titled, “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.” Written by F.F. Bruce, it is tucked in between…

In an article by Gallup last week, Jeffrey M. Jones reported U.S. Church membership is down sharply in the past two decades. Church membership has dropped 20 percentage points since 1999.

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two m…

During these 40 days of Lent, Christians often reflect on Jesus’ death, including the seven sayings that he spoke from the cross. The shortest (and perhaps the most overlooked) saying is found in John 19:28, “I thirst.” On one level it seems hardly worth mentioning. We take for granted that …

At the January meeting of my United Methodist Women’s group, one of our ladies gave us randomly selected stars with a word. The words were the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.

Throughout his ministry, Jesus made it a practice to actively recruit and gather people. He called the disciples from different regions. He called Zacchaeus down from a tree. Several stories speak of the crowd being so big it was hard to move and address. In Greek, the term often used is koi…

I offer this information, which is taken from several Christian sources that I am happy to share with anyone who cares to know more about these important celebrations of the Christian year.

A hospital chaplain attended the burial of a young man who was very antagonistic toward Christianity and the church. The only other person at the graveside was a friend of the deceased whom the chaplain knew to also be antagonistic toward Christianity. Prior to the cemetery crew lowering his…

Today I am writing to people who have been part of the Body of Christ for decades. As I write, I want to make it clear that I fall into this group. I have been an active part of the church for over four decades. My words are not written from the outside looking in, but from the inside lookin…

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. . . .” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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