Recurring Dream

As long as I have been in ministry, I have a recurring dream that borders on a nightmare. The details have changed through the years, but the basic premise is the same . . .While at Mt. Carmel Church in Monroe, NC, I'd dream that worship was ready to begin, the church...

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Preacher’s Confession

I've got a confession.Now, usually, when a preacher says he has a confession, people immediately think, "all right, who's it with and how long has it been going on?" No, nothing like that.It's this. Sometimes I read emails while I'm talking on the telephone.There. Got...

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Back In Time

I wasn't at Good Shepherd on Sunday because I was preaching at the Pleasant Grove Campground in Mineral Springs, NC, pictured at the right.In fact, I preached at the campground on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night, and then again yesterday for what they...

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Calling In Sick

For the last two mornings, I have had this strong desire to call in sick.Now I'm not sick, mind you.But the bed felt awfully warm. And there were some things on my schedule that I simply didn't want to face. And I knew the days ahead were long.So I thought, "wouldn't...

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Family Weddings

This past weekend, I met with my nephew (Paul) and his fiance (Sarah Beth).I get to deliver the homily/sermonette/marriage charge at their wedding in August.Doing weddings for family members is a job hazard in the ministry. Over the years, I've done weddings for my...

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