Feb 26, 2008 may seem like just another day to most people, in fact it probably feels like a regular day to everyone else I went to college with. Not for me, however. You see, on Feb 26, I woke up and put on three loads of laundry and walked back to my room when my phone began to buzz. The message was from our emergency alert system, informing the college campus that we were on lockdown. There was a man on campus, with a gun. Continue reading “When Safe Spaces Aren’t”
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the lord’s people to grasp how wide and how long and how deep is the love of Christ – Ephesians 3:17-19
This past Sunday and Wednesday, I had the privilege of being able to preach in both Goodson Chapel (at Shenandoah University) and Oxnam Chapel (at Wesley Seminary). I’ve attached the recording from my sermon at Oxnam Chapel, and I hope that you enjoy it. The scripture passage was Acts 16:9 – 15. I cannot believe that I have delivered my final sermons and that graduation is only nine days away!
The past month or so, I have been witness to communities mourning and grieving. I wrote this sermon for my preaching class last year. It is about Psalm 30 and the way in which I have fought and argued and danced around death with my God. I encourage you to listen to the following song, and then read the text. It will all make sense, my friends. I pray that you find some strength and hope in these words.
For the past three years, my mum and I have utilized my Spring Reading Week as a chance to get away, just the two of us. We head to the beach and spend our week shopping, walking around and enjoying a break in the midst of our respectively busy lives. This year, we headed to the beach and decided to take a road trip. The following is what happened as we ventured around Charleston. Continue reading “Brokenness and Blessing”
One of the scariest things that we can do is pursue our dreams. Our callings. They are an ever-evolving beast, they can keep us up at night, they can cause us to fall apart, and they can lift us up higher than we knew we could be lifted.
Survival. To survive. According to Webster’s dictionary, survival is “the state or fact of continuing to live or exist especially in spite of difficult conditions”. In a time where people are talking about doomsday, the apocalypse, the rapture! survival is a key piece of that. People are making their doomsday kits, filled with batteries, flashlights, cans of spam and other non-perishable items. If it were me, I’d probably include the Harry Potter books and chocolate, but that’s my personal preference.
One of my opportunities for growth over the past two years has been to put myself into uncomfortable situations. There are times when I have ran like my hair was on fire to avoid those situations. No-one willingly wants to be uncomfortable.
At the beginning of this month however, I took the challenge on. I decided to participate in a ten hour ride-along with the local Police Department. Continue reading “An Officer and a Theologian”
novels are more than just the words,
songs are more than just the notes,
and boats are more than just the planks.
– Rob Bell Continue reading “When Words Hurt”
On the first Sunday of Christmas, I had the honor of preaching to my home congregation. When it was all over, I felt frustrated. I felt like the words washed over me and that I was preaching an empty message. The response however showed that the Spirit moved through me and my words and transcended my own feelings. Below is a note of the Scripture used and the text of my sermon. Enjoy. Continue reading “What are you wearing?”