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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I am looking forward to celebrating Halloween tonight by taking Zoe and Riley trick or treating. They are at an ideal age for this tradition. They are excited about their costumes (a mermaid and a mermaid riding a seahorse) and can’t wait to get lots of candy. I’m looking forward to teaching them...

Gospel Concert – Building Bridges to Racial Unity

A community of faith gathered at Unity Presbyterian Church on October 14, 2018 for a Gospel Concert that  provided a  history of gospel music, including how it has evolved both in the African-American and the white churches. The concert was an outgrowth of a collaborative commitment that seven area churches have made to become better...

Celebrate and Dream

Wow, I am thrilled with your responses to the “Celebrate and Dream” forms! This past Sunday, we received tons and tons of feedback. Over the next couple of weeks the staff and session will be compiling all of the responses into common themes. Then we will be sharing with you, the congregation, the main themes....

Vision Sunday

I can’t wait for this Sunday. It’s going to be really fun. Yesterday we sent out a large mailer. It should arrive at your home any day now. The mailer includes three parts that I hope you’ll spend time reading: 1) A Visioning Letter: This letter explains what we are doing on Sunday: spending time discerning what...

Credo Year 2

Hello from New Orleans! Well, almost. I’m an hour outside of New Orleans at a conference center. Each year, I take a total of two weeks for Continuing Education. In July, I headed to a conference at Whitworth University that focused on preaching and teaching. Now I am attending a CREDO conference that is sponsored...

World Communion Sunday

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Many churches around the world will join together in the Lord’s Supper as a sign of our unity in Christ. World Communion began in 1933 and grew in popularity during World War II. Pastor Donald Kerr notes: “The concept spread very slowly at the start. People did not give...

A Most Unique Cross

A couple of weeks ago I had lunch with the Dean of Union Theological Seminary. I met him at the Charlotte campus of the seminary. While walking into the school I noticed a very unique cross on the front lawn. (pictured above). Look closely at the picture of the cross. What do you notice? As...

Visitor Parking

“You shall love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” -Deuteronomy 10:19 We have all experienced times when we felt like a stranger. Perhaps it was when you traveled to another country where you did not speak the language. Maybe it was when you started at a new school or job...

Preparing for Florence

It was exactly a year ago that my family was evacuated from Tampa in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Our home was near the water and was in a mandatory evacuation zone. At that time they were expecting storm surges between 8 and 10 feet (i.e. almost as tall my house!) We left late in the...

Surprised By God

  This past summer my family spent a week at a beach in North Carolina. The house that we stayed at had a canal in the backyard. Zoe and Riley noticed this and immediately began begging to go fishing. They each had a child sized fishing pole (pink, of course). And they assured me that...

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