Change of Seasons

Dear Friends, I love the change of seasons that we enjoy in North Carolina, but have to confess that I do have a “least” favorite of the seasons and we are just getting ready to head into that season. I’m admittedly not much of a winter guy. The older I get, the colder cold seems…

Used by God

Dear Friends, Just the other day I received a message through Facebook. It came from an old high school buddy. When my family moved from Delaware to West Virginia between my junior and senior years in high school I had to leave behind friends and all that was familiar for a new school and what…

The Church Has Left the Building

Dear Friends, The small group of men that I meet with on Thursday mornings has been watching and discussing the John Ortberg video series, “All the Places to Go; How Will You Know?” We’ve been talking about doors that God opens and closes before us as we seek to discern God’s will for our lives….

Rooted & Built Up In Christ

Dear Friends, About a year ago we had a couple of trees taken down in our yard. Since that time Diane and I have spent countless hours trying to rid our yard of the roots of those trees that were left behind. We are finding these roots to be relentless in making their presence known….

Time and Talent

Dear Friends, At the recent meeting of my Covenant Group we spent some time thinking about our lives as pastors. We’ve all been at this for a while, but continue to be challenged by what it really means. We talked, for example, about what brings us joy in ministry and what are the things that…

A Family

Dear friends, As many of you know we recently added the sixth grandchild to our family. Diane went to Knoxville for a week to help Lindsey get back on her feet after the birth of Ellie Kathryn and then offered to bring Lindsey and the three children back to our house to give Lindsey another…

Cross Purposes

Dear Friends, In conjunction with the sermon series I’ve called “Cross Purposes,” on the first Sunday of Lent this year I decided to give all of you a little aluminum cross as a symbolic reminder of what it means to follow Jesus. The text we used that day was the one where Jesus said, “If…

The Road

Dear Friends, Recently Diane and I had opportunity to return to the community in which we lived before coming to Durham. Hot Springs is a beautiful little village in the mountains of Virginia. When I say in the mountains, I mean in the mountains. It doesn’t matter from which direction you are coming, you have…

Don’t Miss the Beauty

Dear Friends, Recently Diane and I had opportunity to return to the community in which we lived before coming to Durham. Hot Springs is a beautiful little village in the mountains of Virginia. When I say in the mountains, I mean in the mountains. It doesn’t matter from which direction you are coming, you have…

God’s Gift

Dear Friends, Christmas is over and here we are beginning a new year. When you got back to work or school, or when you saw someone in the neighborhood you had not seen since before Christmas, did anyone ask you what you got for Christmas this year? It seems to be a pretty common question….