Grace doesn’t bypass tragedy, grace is God with us…

But he gives us more grace. This is why it says, “God stands against the proud, but favors the humble.” – James 4:6 As a writer, one of the things I constantly try to guard against is the trite, the gratuitous, and the cliché – especially when talking about experiences that are serious, or heart-wrenching. I also want to be as accurate as possible, and … Continue reading Grace doesn’t bypass tragedy, grace is God with us…

Rooted, Growing, Reaching…

One of the things I’m enjoying most about this “Ten Summer Sundays” series at our church is the variety of creative worship experiences. Every week a different theme, but always growing out of our core mission statement: “Rooted in Christ; Growing together in Faith; Reaching out to others.” July 2, Rebekah preached an amazing sermon on freedom; the next week Jesus stopped by to share … Continue reading Rooted, Growing, Reaching…

Habitat for Humanity in Wake Forest – “building communities and hope”

“Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool … Continue reading Habitat for Humanity in Wake Forest – “building communities and hope”

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!