Rustlings (March 27, 2017)

Rustlings (March 27, 2017)

I know it’s the first week of Spring. I know we are days away from Easter. I know outdoor temperatures are beginning to tap the 80’s, but it feels like Christmas to me! (And not just because we sang Christmas carols during worship this past Sunday!) I’m feeling the...
Rustlings (March 20, 2017)

Rustlings (March 20, 2017)

This year will mark my 35th anniversary as an ordained minister. I was ordained to Gospel Ministry in November 1982. I was a twenty-one old college student who was serving as pastor of congregation in Decatur, Georgia. I had served as Minister to Youth in this...
Rustlings (March 13, 2017)

Rustlings (March 13, 2017)

I’ve been here long enough the repetitiveness of my speech is showing. Every once in a while, I’ll repeat a sermonic story. In private conversation, I’ll bore the listener with an anecdote to which their auditory nerves had already been subjected. It’s the natural...
Rustlings (March 6, 2017)

Rustlings (March 6, 2017)

I’ve never been comfortable asking favors of parishioners. I can’t remember asking any favors of you for the past two and a half years. I am going to ask a favor today… because this favor will benefit you as much as it will benefit me. I would like for you to give me,...
Rustlings (February 27, 2017)

Rustlings (February 27, 2017)

Divided families are always a challenge. Some manage better than others. I grew up in a divided family – biological parents in Mississippi and adoptive parents in Arkansas. I entered adulthood with a divided family – adoptive mom remarried in Kentucky and adoptive dad...
Rustlings (February 20, 2017)

Rustlings (February 20, 2017)

We love the Bible, but we don’t hang out a lot in 1 & 2 Kings. We are not big fans of Lent either. Compared to the pageantry of Advent, the festivities of Christmas, the dazzle of Epiphany, the hallelujahs of Easter and the fire of Pentecost… well… Lent is all...