When Grandpa Comes to Visit

When her doctor told our daughter Katie late Sunday night that Brynn, her unborn baby, was under stress and she needed an immediate C-section, the first thing she did was to call Pam and me from the hospital in California. “Can you come?” We could hear the anxiety in her voice and responded without hesitation.…

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How to Celebrate Christmas without Feeling Guilty

It’s almost Christmas, and at my house we’ve unpacked the boxes in the attic full of special decorations we only use this time of year.   My wife and I have loads of stuff. The Christmas tree decorations are my particular favorites—everything from the first bauble we bought as a newly married couple over thirty years ago…

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How Your Beach Vacation Can Lead to Spiritual Renewal

Later this month my family will head to the beach for vacation. I’ll build sand castles with grandchildren, soak up the sun, body surf, play golf, eat more than I should and in general step out of my normal routine. But I expect something else will happen there, too. I’ve learned that a week at…

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Mission Trips Aren’t for Sissies

Sunday night 8:30PM We’ve just finished our first day in Chepen, Peru (we’ve taken to calling it “Chapin” as in South Carolina because, well, it’s funny) and I wanted to post a brief blog about the day. As the title indicates, these kinds of trips aren’t for sissies. We left Lexington yesterday at 11:00AM and…

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How to Raise Your Children to Love Jesus as Adults

Every now and then our church’s Children’s Ministry invites Pam and me to talk to groups of young parents about how to raise children to become adults with a real and vibrant faith all their own. In other words, how do we as Christian parents pass our faith on to the next generation?   We’re…

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What Pastors Wish Congregations Knew About Their Marriages

This week Pam and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary. On November 29, 1980 we recited our vows before her father in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Bamberg, South Carolina where he served as pastor and began the journey together as husband and wife. It was Thanksgiving break at the seminary where…

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Why We Love Thanksgiving

Other than Easter, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not for the food—although I love it more than I want to admit. The smell of roast turkey sets my mouth watering. Sweet potato soufflé–especially the kind with crumbled pecans and brown sugar on top–drives me to prayer. Fresh cranberry relish is an addiction. And I can’t get enough of the special gravy…

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