May 31, 2017

One of the biggest trends over the last century or so has been the uptick in research into personality. I'm not sure if it's because we enjoy labels or if we're on a collective journey to self-discovery, but over the last sixty years especially we've created an abundan...

May 26, 2017

Perhaps the number one question you all ask me these days is how do we grow our church. We've held steady for a year or so, but now's the time to get out of preservation mode and start building again. "We need to add people" is far easier said than done, but there are...

May 24, 2017

As much as I enjoy attending the monthly Men for Christ meetings, Monday's threw me for a bit of a loop. The food was excellent, as always; the sermon was solid; but the music . . . well, let's just say I love hymns too much to enjoy adding drums and a driving bass lin...

May 22, 2017

Today marks one year exactly since you officially voted to name me senior minister at RSCC (even though I got here in February). We've accomplished a lot together in the past year, tried a lot of new things, and you've been behind me every step of the way. Together we'...

May 19, 2017

Once upon a time, Kermit the Frog sang "It's Not Easy Being Green." It was hard, he said, to be the color of the leaves, and he thought life could be easier if he were a different color. Some of us may relate and believe life would be much easier if we could just chang...

May 17, 2017

This has not been my week for computers.

One has gone missing entirely, and the website has been stalwartly refusing to let me blog all morning (this is, in fact, the first time it's even let me type something aside from the title up there). All too often, progress gets...

May 15, 2017

A friend of mine recently liked a video on Facebook of a song that has been stuck in my head ever since. The song in question is Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei" (take ten minutes and listen here). The lyrics are as follows:

Agnus Dei,
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
Miserere nobi...

May 12, 2017

When I was in one of the last political science classes I needed to finish my minor, my professor walked in to class one day, sat down, looked me straight in the eye, and said, "'The time has come,' the Walrus said, / 'To talk of many things'" . . . and waited expectan...

May 10, 2017

At some point in our lives, we've all hit the breaking point, drew a line in the sand, and dared anyone else to ask us for a single, solitary thing more. Up until that point, we've said yes to practically every request anyone made of us, no matter how ludicrous, time-c...

May 8, 2017

Last week I attended a revival meeting and learned a fairly shaking statistic: according to recent research conducted by the United Methodist Church, only 27% of people living in Russell County claim to be Christians. (Remember: this is a rural area in the Bible Belt S...

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