A Pastor and An Oil Change: Preventive Maintenance

Imagine getting a new car. If you are like most people, you want to care for it the best way possible. Who wants it to fall apart soon after you buy it, right? You get scheduled oil changes and other suggested maintenance so, that when the day comes and you’re pushing 200,000 miles, you couldContinue reading “A Pastor and An Oil Change: Preventive Maintenance”

My Natural Birthing Experience

On Sunday night, my wife gave birth to our newest addition in…our…home. That’s right! Inside our house. She did not want the hospital experience this time. I was torn up about the thought of it and was apprehensive until the baby came out. My wife had her crew present to soothe and coach. Worship musicContinue reading “My Natural Birthing Experience”

The Month of August and God’s Grace in Transition

The month of August is historically a month of transition for me. My first August transition was bittersweet. It was in 2003 when I left Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC to step into the unknown, which would soon carry me to Southside Baptist Church in Hazlehurst, GA, where I would once again leave inContinue reading “The Month of August and God’s Grace in Transition”

Following Christ and Thoughts on Cultural Relevance

As I was growing up, the Christian circles I was in didn’t care much about cultural relevance. I attended a very conservative Christian school that was not cutting edge (this is just an opinion, but please know I value the school highly because it was where I surrendered my life to Christ and later toContinue reading “Following Christ and Thoughts on Cultural Relevance”

Is “Feel-Good Preaching” Wrong?

I would dare say that the vast majority of people in churches are critical of preaching, and their preferences are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Some want loud preaching while others want soft preaching. Some want long preaching while others prefer brief sermons. The stronger criticism I hear in conservative circles isContinue reading “Is “Feel-Good Preaching” Wrong?”