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.
DON’T MISS OUT! Seriously, folks; don’t miss the opportunity for vibrant worship, dynamic fellowship, beautiful community, and the opportunity to serve God. This is Jesus we’re talking about, the one who not only defeated death but invites each one of us to participate in a new kind of life!
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 … Continue Reading Images of Resurrection – Easter 2016
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 … Continue Reading “ME-2.0” – Surrender: not an easy lenten idea to embrace!
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 … Continue Reading freedom! so why do we hesitate?
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 … Continue Reading Aligning ourselves with the light #Ash Wednesday
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.
“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 … Continue Reading Happy Glorious Easter Morning!
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!” … Continue Reading Cool photos from Palm Sunday
Today’s post is has two parts. First, a summary version of this Sunday’s reading in my book, “Reaching Toward Easter.” Then, a few fun photographs from Saturday’s “Love Your Church Work-Day” here at WFPC. Jesus redefines everything! March 22 – The fifth Sunday in Lent: Are you one of this … Continue Reading success: maybe it doesn’t mean what we think it means?
Good Read: Today’s post is a paraphrase, of a summary, of an excerpt, from a book. My Sunday morning discipleship class – “Practical Christianity” – is studying Reaching Toward Easter during Lent. To help with this, I prepared a “bite-sized” version of each daily reading, designed for a quick, first-thing-in-the-morning … Continue Reading friends of God – the ultimate “name-drop”
The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:5) I love, love, love worship with my faith community. Yes, I know that’s … Continue Reading Monday: Living in to the Easter Story
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) I can’t think of a better Easter morning image than that of Jerusalem! I can just imagine Jesus, right after the resurrection, hiking up to … Continue Reading Easter Day, re-creation, and an invitation to Act II
Today is Good Friday. It’s a day when love stepped up beyond reason, set all defenses aside, and allowed hate to nail the best hope history ever saw to a wooden scaffold. However, rather than being ground into obscurity under the heel of fear and brutality, love transformed the crudely assembled cross … Continue Reading Love Beyond Reason; Promise Beyond Understanding
People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you … Continue Reading Easter egg hunts, grandchildren, and Italy (all this and more)