I just returned from Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, where the 2017 Florida Baptist Convention gathered for its annual session with the theme, “Eyes on Eternity.” It was a rich time of worship, God-anointed singing and deep preaching. It was also a time to be reminded.

I was reminded, first, that my family is … Continue Reading


“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus made some amazing promises. He has kept, is keeping or will keep them all. Most are encouraging, life-giving, and filled with hope. A … Continue Reading

The Journey Continues

(This blog post was written three months after Pam’s death)

I’m on the road again this week, though this time not alone. I am traveling into some really cold weather with our happy group of about 50 traveling senior adults. They’ll be alright until the temperatures dive into the low 30’s tonight! We are going … Continue Reading

By Faith

What does it take to please God? Is He waiting for us to do some benevolent deeds, to meet some pressing need, to “up our game” on church attendance? Does He want us to promise to read our Bibles or attend another Bible study or give more money? Does God sit in Heaven impatiently waiting … Continue Reading

The Fortress

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing…

For many of us, our first exposure to the Reformation of the 16th Century was through the words of this hymn penned by Martin Luther.  It’s words resonate, both in the original music and in contemporary translation, in worship services today.

But this familiar hymn … Continue Reading

God’s Faithfulness

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Hebrews 10:23

So much of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ relies on the faithfulness of God. The promises of God hinge on the faithfulness of God. Our eternity depends on the faithfulness of God.

Though … Continue Reading

My Plan

Since the week after Pam’s celebration of life at Fruit Cove, I have been on a journey; spiritual, physical, and emotional. I have driven almost 2,700 miles. It began with just revisiting areas of our life together… geographic touchpoints… that allowed me to remember, weep and give thanks for God’s goodness in allowing our lives … Continue Reading

Game Changers

Living in the Big Blue Nation this past week, I have been forced over and again to relive Kentucky’s painful loss last weekend (31st time in a row) to the Florida Gators. Our last minute failure to cover an open player cost us the game. That was by definition a game changer.

But some game … Continue Reading

“Tale” of the Dragon

Have you ever wondered if your GPS “lady” hates you? I have. I always suspected she did, but now I’ve confirmed it. She’s out to get me. No, I’m not being paranoid. Just stating the obvious.

On my pilgrimage in recent days, I was traveling south of Knoxville, Tn., to Georgia. I routed on the … Continue Reading