Grandkids: packing a full week of action into twenty-four hours!

My job as Grandaddy Derek is to love David and Beks with the cumulative love of all these decades, to nurture them spiritually in ways I’m only now beginning to grow into, and to share with them the stories I couldn’t possibly have known thirty years ago because I had yet to live them. Continue reading Grandkids: packing a full week of action into twenty-four hours!

Images of Resurrection – Easter 2016

Easter 2016 turned out to be yet another amazing celebration of resurrection here in Wake Forest! I’m with my grandchildren in Richmond this morning for extended birthday fun, so today’s post will simply comprise a collection of images from Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. There is no greater testimony to new life in and through Jesus than the witness of hundreds of transformed, enthusiastic, faithful disciples. … Continue reading Images of Resurrection – Easter 2016

planting resurrection trees for Easter morning

 “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 Blessed Resurrection Morning! Rebekah and I have a tradition over the Easter weekend. We started this back in Pensacola, and we’ve found it’s a beautiful way to deal with the angst of the crucifixion while at the same time preparing our … Continue reading planting resurrection trees for Easter morning

“ME-2.0” – Surrender: not an easy lenten idea to embrace!

Somewhere around 4:00 in the morning, well before the majority of people get up and start their day, an email from the church lands in my “In-box,” and it’s ready for our morning devotions over breakfast. Today I’d like to highlight the series of “Lenten Surrender” devotions my faith community – Wake Forest Presbyterian Church – is sending out every morning. I love this series … Continue reading “ME-2.0” – Surrender: not an easy lenten idea to embrace!

freedom! so why do we hesitate?

Today’s highlight from the Lenten devotional focuses on the idea of freedom, and the spectacular discrepancy between the magnitude of the gift and the evident lack of esteem in which we hold the opportunity that is ours; our hesitancy to claim that liberty of spirit, our failure to shine, our reluctance to live like we really mean it. All the evidence points to the sad … Continue reading freedom! so why do we hesitate?

Aligning ourselves with the light #Ash Wednesday

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. – John 12:1-2 ASH WEDNESDAY: Today marks the first few hours of a forty-seven day journey to Easter. Over the next month and a half it … Continue reading Aligning ourselves with the light #Ash Wednesday

Communion, and the Spectacular Initiative of New Life

I’d like to challenge you to show up at your local faith community, to take communion (as we will at Wake Forest Presbyterian – you are welcome at our church), and to turn your heart toward the spectacular initiative of New Life that we celebrate, and that we strive to live into with creativity, with faithfulness, and with joy. Continue reading Communion, and the Spectacular Initiative of New Life

Happy Glorious Easter Morning!

“I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus said. “Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 NEW LIFE! There really is nothing that testifies to Easter life more eloquently than springtime. That’s why I had to borrow one more of my daughter Naomi’s excellent … Continue reading Happy Glorious Easter Morning!

Cool photos from Palm Sunday

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—     the King of Israel!” – John 12 I’m enjoying grandkids today – so no writing! Instead, enjoy these photographs … Continue reading Cool photos from Palm Sunday