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All in the Family
May 3rd, 2021
Our neighbors certainly must have wondered when they saw that U-Haul truck in our driveway on Saturday. Furniture at the bottom of the steep ramp, strewn about and waiting. Was it coming—or going?Well, it was going. We were passing on some pieces to our nephew and his wife. A heavy dresser and mirror. Some tables and chairs. Lamps. Very nice things that we no longer needed or had the room for. Nic...
The Check Is in the Mail
April 27th, 2021
It's a story from my college days that I've been telling around the dinner table for years. Unfortunately, my journal was rather sketchy back then, and an account of the exact event cannot be found. At various times I've thought that maybe it was all just a dream.Stop reading if you've heard this.It happened in late Autumn, 1974...I was attending a night class at Virginia Commonwealth University. ...
In Summing Up
April 20th, 2021
Although I haven't been keeping up with the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis, I have caught snippets of it on the radio whenever I've been in the car. Yesterday I tuned in at 3 PM EST as the defense attorney was making his closing argument. It was hard for me to follow—I suppose because I hadn't been there all along—but I was surprised when the presiding judge called for a lunch break as Eric Ne...
Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well
April 13th, 2021
Journal-keeping has been my obsession since the very beginning of my ministry. By now I have a contemporaneous record of the events that have gone together to make me who I am today.I thought it might be good to look back across the decades to what was happening on this day every ten years ago. Wednesday, April 13, 2011Today was spent doing the usual mid-week things: preparing my sermon outline fo...
Stuck in the Middle with You
April 6th, 2021
Are you stuck right now?I was yesterday when I received my second COVID vaccination. Audrey and I returned to the CVS in South Boston, Virginia, and walked right in without any waiting. Again, this time I had no reaction to the shot, but Audrey had fever, headache, and the severest chills last night that I have ever seen. She is much better now.The extra benefit in going so far from home was the o...
Telling the Old, Old Story
March 29th, 2021
anachronism--n. A thing belonging to another time. A chronological inconsistency. A juxtaposition of persons, events, objects, customs from different time periods.I use them sometimes in my preaching, to liven up my sermons. Always tongue-in-cheek, though. They can be unintentional, but mine are always on purpose. On Sunday, I had most of the recipients of Jesus' miracles in Luke's gospel present...
ramblin' into spring...
March 23rd, 2021
The new season blew softly into Austin, Texas on Saturday. We were there to celebrate our son's birthday. John Mark had arrived on just such a day as this, 37 years before. We spent the weekend telling stories about that time, long ago, and many birthday parties since then...COMMERCIAL: For the best tortilla in Texas, stop by Fuego Tortilla Grill, off of I- 35 in Waco. It was a return visit for u...
On Pins and Needles
March 16th, 2021
The news is getting better concerning Covid and the pandemic that has so crippled our world. The rate of Infection is decreasing and so are the deaths. There are several different vaccines out there now, more are on the way, and millions are starting to get them. If there is not a big "Spring Break" spike, this positive trend should continue so that by late summer or early fall there may be a retu...
Our Covid Year
March 9th, 2021
It seems as though we have been living in March for the last twelve months--doesn't it?On this date, exactly one year ago (it was a Monday), I was at home, sick with sinusitis and a severe case of laryngitis. The day before, Reed had preached in my place. We didn't know it then, but that would be the last in-person worship service at First Baptist until August.The next day, Tuesday, I went to the...
March 2nd, 2021
My fellow pastors and I spent some time the other day telling stories. About favorite people and memorable moments in our experience at First Baptist, Alexandria. We have been here for various amounts of time, but all of us have fairly long tenure by now (for a church staff, anyway). We sometimes laughed out loud at the tales being told, but certainly smiled every time the names of former members ...