“For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:11b-12 I love hymns. Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t […]
I first met Karen 11 years ago. We each had a daughter and an infant son and were fairly new to ministry life. Over the years, Karen has been a friend that I can talk with about anything. She exudes Christ’s love and grace in all of her relationships, and she is a loving and […]
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” – Romans 12:13 “I promise to love you with hospitality, offering myself to you and those we minister to with service and an open heart and home.” This was a line from our wedding vows, based on Romans 12, something we wanted […]
One of the joys of ministry is seeing people come to know Christ: to see the light of Christ shining in their lives for the first time and to see sheep who were wandering enter or re-enter the fold. Then there are those who you are cheering for, but it seems it’s always one step […]
Suburbia was not my home, although it’s where I grew up: in the “Bible belt” in East Tennessee, with churches on every corner and sprawling housing developments filling the blocks in between where we didn’t know our neighbors. The churches were mostly large, and although they were able to create small pockets of community through […]
Ecumenical Explorations. That was the theme of our sabbatical grant proposal. We would be exploring different denominations each Sunday and would be learning about the Christian traditions that came about through the Protestant Reformation. Our travel component was 7 weeks and split into 2 segments: 3 ½ weeks in Europe and 3 ½ weeks Stateside.
Rest. Reflection. Renewal. This past summer our family was blessed with the gift of a sabbatical.