the birds of Wake Forest

finally got my Eastern Bluebird

It’s a cold, “wintery-mix” Monday morning here in Wake Forest. Rebekah and I have been drinking hot tea and looking out of the big bay window in the kitchen, enjoying the beautiful array of birds visiting our feeder.

She’s been using binoculars and looking at the bird books (we’re still trying to learn North Carolina’s bird population), and I’ve been trying to capture some of the action via the not-nearly-powerful-enough telephoto lens on my Nikon.

It’s been a relaxing way to wind down after another busy Sunday at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. We both feel blessed and encouraged every time we worship with this vibrant faith community.

Enjoy the photographs, and today’s Last Supper quote from REACHING TOWARD EASTER.

I can see Jesus pausing, making eye contact with each of his friends in the room, deliberately and lovingly drawing them into his spirit. “If you really know me,” he continues, willing them to know him, “you would know my Father as well. From now on,” and here he leans forward into the tightening circle, “you do know him and have seen him…” (page 29)



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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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