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Things I See Differently Now
November 30th, 2021
The pastor was having his final pre-marital counseling session and rehearsal with a couple. The groom was especially shy and nervous about the ceremony the next day. When the pastor pointed out the moment in the service when he was to kiss the bride, the young man declined. "Preacher, if you don't mind, let's just keep it simple."The wedding hour arrived. With the swelling music, the fragrance of ...
"Now Thank We All Our God"
November 23rd, 2021
Lots of emotions are competing in my heart during these final days at First Baptist. Sadness, of course—but also anticipation of the new life that will be beginning for us, as well as for you. There’s nervousness about the uncertainty of the future (what new ministry will I find to fulfill my ongoing call?) –but it is balanced by a quiet trust that God has a plan that is going to amaze us when we ...
You Had Me From "Hello"
November 16th, 2021
The visit by a group of friends from my Henderson, NC pastorate over the weekend was such a delight and encouragement. We spent lots of time Saturday night reminiscing and laughing over old times that were not forgotten. Then on Sunday morning the 4 couples came to church in their rented van to worship with us and to hear me preach. One of them, Danny, had been on the pulpit committee that called ...
Deacons At First Baptist, Alexandria
November 9th, 2021
There are two church offices mentioned in the New Testament. Today there are many professional roles and volunteer positions in the typical church, but only these two are specified in scripture. Pastors (or Elders), and Deacons.I have spent my entire adult life ministering in one group—and working hand in hand with those in the other.Last night I talked to several people who have been nominated fo...
Gun-Shy
November 2nd, 2021
Alec Baldwin was on the set of his new movie, Rust, and was practicing drawing the pistol to be used in an upcoming scene. He assumed that it was unloaded—or loaded with mere blanks—but he was wrong. The gun discharged, and fired a live projectile, wounding one of the crew and killing the cinematographer, Helyna Hutchins. There is an ongoing investigation, but certainly this is a tragedy almost be...
Amazing Grace
October 26th, 2021
My heart is still full after the wonderful day we had on Sunday! Dedication Day was all I had hoped for-- and so much more. Thank you, Roger, for putting together a service that was such a blessing.I really hadn't anticipated the emotions I felt seeing the platform filled with children, teenagers, and adults, singing their praises to God. But tears filled my eyes more than once. Bill Kilmer outdid...
They Can't Take That Away from Me
October 12th, 2021
I am a huge Tony Bennett fan. The last of the original interpreters of the "great American Songbook,” he is, at 95, a national treasure. He has been making music and entertaining audiences for seven decades by now. Sinatra once called him the best singer that he knew.So, I was interested in the 60 Minutes segment with Anderson Cooper last Sunday night. It was about his Alzheimer's disease and his ...
Movers and Shakers
October 5th, 2021
The movers are coming in waves, and the first arrived yesterday. Wrapping up, lifting and loading, we watched as they hoisted the days and years of our lives onto their truck.This load will be going to Texas, with furniture for John Mark and Daniela, some dolls and other toys to be there waiting for little Maria when she arrives in February.Later, there will be a truckload for Richmond and another...
Once Upon a Time
September 28th, 2021
"When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether or not it had happened. But my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so that I cannot remember any but the things which never happened."--Mark Twain, AutobiographyI've been in a sentimental mood these last few weeks—even more than usual. And I've been telling some of my best stories, around the dinner table and dropped into sermons. ...
Retirement and Next Steps Q&A with Pastor Don
September 21st, 2021
There are lots of questions swirling concerning what happens next in the light of my retirement at the end of December. Here are a few that have come to me—  Question: Who will the next senior pastor be?Answer: Well, if we were Methodists or one of many other denominations, a pastor would be sent to us. Appointed for us by a Bishop. But that's not how our system works. There is no outside authorit...

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