Peace – Prayer – Joy – Love

Will the Walls Come Crumbling Down?

Recently my wife’s cousin bought a church in England that she and her husband are going to transform into a summerhouse. This might sound strange, but in world filled with senseless waste, it’s nice to see there is a growing trend of restoring and repurposing old buildings especially ones with unique architectural structure. By their shear beauty and ornateness, churches seem to…

In Remembrance

This is my record collection. Or what is left of it. I have some blues, hard rock, classic rock, punk rock, reggae, old country, jazz, rockabilly, and even a few Bob Newhart comedy records for laughs. These old pieces of history have have traveled with me from Florida to DC to LA and now to Greenville. I’ve lost a few, sold a…

Lord Have Mercy

“Lord have mercy on me, was the kneeling drunkards plea. And as he knelt there on the ground, I know that God in heaven looked down.” In 1996, Johnny Cash sang this remake of the Carter Family song, “Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea.” In this song, God hears the cry of a man kneeling at his mother’s grave. For whatever personal reasons, he didn’t…

Are You Able

There once was young man who many might say died a death fitting for him. Let’s say his name is Jay. Well Jay’s heart gave out one day because of his reckless lifestyle. The news didn’t come as a shock to anyone…except maybe Jay. His younger brother went to the local church to see if the minister would give Jay a Christian funeral.…

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

In this wonderfully dark and cryptic passage in Mark, Jesus tells his disciples two very important things. 1) Don’t be a stumbling block especially to the young believers. But instead 2.) be the salt of the earth. The reading also talks of hell. Or what the original Greek text refers to as Gehenna…the garbage dump outside Jerusalem. While we should not overlook…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

(Stand in silence for a moment) Silence. It can be uncomfortable for some, making them feel nervous, anxious, and agitated. For others, it’s a welcomed blessing that is peaceful, calm, and serene. We have a saying in our house, “Silence is golden, except when coming from children. Then you better go check to see what’s broken.” Kathleen and I know that if  the…

Who or What You Know

Reading: Prov. 3:1-12; 2 Timothy 3:10-17 In a recent article in Relevant magazine, there was a report done on Millennials that I found rather interesting. Get this, the magazine reports that even though this generation has grown up texting, binge watching and gaming on a variety of digital devices, Millennials fail miserably at applying their tech knowledge in the modern workplace. The…

Every Life Matters

Readings: James 2:1-18; Mark 7:24-30 (Opening Story) It’s not unusual for this church to help people who walk in off the streets looking for financial assistance or spiritual care. Even if their visits disrupt us from doing the other church duties, we try to take the time to help them as we are able. For a while, there was one person who would…