• Dec2018

    We Have This Hope!

    December 4, 2018

    The daily news can often be depressing, if we let it. Everywhere we look there is violence and killings, natural disasters of every sort, poverty and oppression, and more. And those make up the news “out there” in the world. For ourselves, we live from day to day, many of

  • Nov2018

    We Are The Church Together

    November 19, 2018

    I once read something fascinating about the giant redwood trees in California. They are among the tallest and oldest trees in the world. Some exceed 300 feet in height and can be over 2,500 years old! I would think that trees so tall and so old would have a tremendous

  • Sep2018

    I want to share a couple of quotes. The first is this: “You have to plant the right seeds in order to grow the right fruit.” Duh! Of course! Don’t need to be a farmer to know that. Okay. Here’s the second quote: “You get out what you put in.”

  • Aug2018

    I have spent almost all of my life in the Church. As a kid, my mother gathered up the four of us (I was the oldest) and carried us to Sunday School and worship at Long’s Chapel Methodist Church near Lake Junaluska. We never had a discussion about it. We

  • May2018

    Our Church, Our Family

    May 31, 2018

    I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately in relation to THE CHURCH and, of course, our church. First of all, Ashleigh, Kay and I were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our church family for the recent wedding shower. The living room at the parsonage

  • Apr2018

    The Great Adventure

    April 27, 2018

    An advertisement once appeared in a London newspaper: “Men wanted for hazardous journey! Low wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.” The ad was placed by the noted explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleford, who was organizing another expedition to the barren land of Antarctica. So,

  • Mar2018

    Saving our Children

    March 4, 2018

    We are living in such scary and contentious times, and that makes me sad. Maybe you feel it, too. Everywhere we look there is division, acrimony, even hatred. The worst I can remember in my lifetime. So, yes, I am carrying a deep sadness in my heart these days. And

  • Feb2018

    Lent – A Cleaning Season

    February 1, 2018

    Lent is a season that is hard to fathom for many modern-day Christians. It is, after all, a penitential season, and who enjoys penitence? Indeed, the very word penitence brings to mind images of re- morseful people in sackcloth and ashes lamenting their sins. However, Lent is not all about

  • Jan2018

    The Power of Holy Habits

    January 11, 2018

    Most of us realize that we are creatures of habit. We settle into comfortable routines that are hard to change. Retired pastor Bill Bouknight described it this way: “A habit is just a grooved pattern of behavior. Some are good for us and some are bad, even hurtful.” Bouknight adds

  • Dec2017

    Stepping through the doors of the country church was like stepping back in time. Aside from the large cedar tree that was hung with homemade decorations and the old time wreaths that adorned the clear windows, the little clapboard church outside was just as it had always been — plain