Connected

Dear Friends, I don’t know about you, but many of my memories of family and family gatherings involve gathering around a table as we shared a meal together.  Even now when our family plans a get together the conversation inevitably turns to what we’ll be having to eat.  The best part of those gatherings, however,…

Unawareness

Dear Friends, We’re waiting to get word concerning when the work will begin to replace the roof on our house. In truth, if you were to look at our roof, you would probably think it looks just fine. That’s what we thought until one who has a much keener eye than Diane or myself saw…

We Are Children of God

Dear Friends, On my key ring is a key to my dad’s house in West Virginia.  I also have the code to his garage door.  When I arrived at his house a few weeks ago for a visit, I didn’t even knock on the door as I came in the house.  He knew I was…

The Master Gardner

Dear Friends, Just yesterday I was cutting my grass and noticed on the rose bush in the back yard some beautiful new leaves that were deep and rich in color.  That is significant because that rose bush which has always seemed to thrive wasn’t looking so great a few weeks ago.  It was not dead. …

Temporary Housing

Dear friends, Recently Diane and I had opportunity to spend some time catching up with some old friends who moved away from Durham many years ago.  In the course of our conversation they were telling us of a woman who, suffering from dementia, could not remember that her husband had died and so on occasion…

Single Minded?

Dear Friends, On a recent visit from our two year old grandson, I was trying to get him to repeat something so Diane could hear him say it.  You know, one of those cute things that I had heard him say.  He was busy with other things and even though I asked him over and…

Spiritual Practices

Dear Friends, Sometimes I find the spiritual practices of others to be of great benefit.  I’m often looking around to see what others are doing to enhance their spiritual lives with the hope that I might find something in their practice that will be beneficial to my own. During the recent meeting with my Covenant…

Little Easter

Dear Friends, I believe most of you know that Diane and I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful two week vacation on Maui.  It just so happens that there is a very tall volcano on Maui.  By car you can ascend from sea level to over 10,000 feet in 40 minutes or so. …

Family Resemblance

Dear Friends,   I really can’t make this stuff up. Do you remember a few weeks ago when I preached a sermon from 1 John with the title “Is There a Family Resemblance?” In that sermon I talked about how we have been adopted by God as his children and then explored what that should…

6 Simple Sacrifices

Dear Friends, Are you up for a challenge?’ During the Lenten Season this year we are engaging in a church-wide event that we’re calling “Six Simple Sacrifices.” During this season the sermons will be linked to a corresponding small group study. My hope is that every member and regular visitor at Triangle will engage in…