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November 15, 2018

A trend began a few years ago on Facebook called the 30 Days of Gratitude.  Basically, you post daily about something or someone you are thankful for in your life. I have been doing this for a few years now. It is interesting each year to reflect upon the many blessing...

November 15, 2018

NC Synod releases an important video on the reality of serving as a female rostered minister in the world today. Some of the comments in this video are troubling, others are simply unbelievable, but all are true. Watch it and consider ways you can support our female le...

September 26, 2018

Doesn't God love me unconditionally? Why can't I worship on my own, by myself, in nature, or at home, etc? Well,of course you can worship God anywhere, anyplace, anytime but gathering together with others in corporate worship is beneficial too.

It helps take the focus...

January 12, 2018

 So there's a picture. I had a local artist draw up some images for me last year. It occurs to me that Christians WANT to share the Gospel, but it's hard to do. Some things make it easier. A T-shirt of a coffee mug with your church's name on it is so simple, and can ma...

January 4, 2018

Like many people each January I make a New Year's resolution. Over the years I've been both successful and more often, not so successful at keeping them. This year I tried a new approach; instead of just declaring my intent I laid out plans for how I will reach my goal...

November 10, 2017

As we approach the church season of Advent you may be wondering what it is all about? 

Advent means coming or arrival. The season marks the beginning of the Church year and the exact date sometimes varies. There are four Sundays of Advent and when it starts depends on w...

October 17, 2017

Yesterday Greg and I went hiking with our dogs. I love walking through the woods during Autumn because it reminds me of the seasons of life; there is such beauty all around me yet, I know winter is coming. Gone are the warm breezes of summer and the smell of fresh mowe...

October 3, 2017

How do we respond to yet another mass shooting in our country? So many feelings rise up: anger, lament, horror, and (dare we admit it?) resignation. It's easy to  give in to our emotions and lash out or retreat into our perceived safe places; to set up barriers and wal...

April 12, 2016

      Scholars live by a rigid law: Publish or die. Theologians abide by this rule, and sometimes they publish systematic theologies, which can become great life's works, spanning decades, encompassing volumes, and generally boring the hell (or heaven) out of theology...

March 16, 2016

I had never been to a protest before last Monday’s gathering at Lenoir Rhyne University. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know if people would be civil to one another, if violence would break out, if there would only be a handful of us present to proc...

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