“Our Staying, Standing, Securing Savior”

You’ve never had a more faithful friend than Jesus. Even if you’ve had really good friends, possibly great friends, you’ve never had a friend like Jesus. Why? Because only Jesus has stayed with you, stood by you, and secured you perfectly every time. When even … Read More

Spiritual Snacks

Remember as a kid, just before dinner, when you’d get that sudden urge to have a snack?  Even if the evening meal was only ten minutes away, it seemed impossible to wait; those cookies and milk were too irresistible! But remember the inevitable result?  It only satisfied … Read More

“All Comfort” > “Any Affliction”

There’s no hardship greater than the comforting hand of God. This biblical promise is based on four words in 2 Corinthians 1: “all comfort” (v 3) and “any affliction” (v 4). Take a minute and read it for yourself. “Blessed be the God and Father … Read More

If Only One

I’m not sure I remember the year, but I sure recall the moment. I was a young Jr. High youth director, still in college in fact. Our group had spent the week in Mexico doing evangelistic ministry in mountain villages, traveling from Tennessee in a … Read More

3 Tips for Living Well: Father’s Day Advice from my Dad

My daughter recently wrote a simple piece about my father for a class she was taking. The assignment? Interview someone you admire, and write about their life. So she did. She called my dad and talked on three separate occasions, conversing each time for about … Read More

The Justice Equation

Growing up, my mother would often say to me, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” It was a direct exhortation to watch out for the temptation to respond to injustice with injustice. My guess is you’ve heard the same thing in one way or another, … Read More

5 Things I Learned from our Regathering

Last Sunday our local body of believers regathered. After nine weeks of virtual church, we were able to once again meet physically. Yep, live and in person.  Here are (at least) five things I learned from our first week back together.   Communication pays off. We built … Read More

Justice Doesn’t Need a Qualifier

Ahmaud Arbury. George Floyd. Two men who died unjustly. When I watched the graphic videos, I was left with a raw speechlessness. And even rawer questions. Why chase a young man ruthlessly with guns? Why ignore an older man’s pleas for air? Whatever happened to … Read More

In Memory: Phil Smith, the Chain Breaker!

Today we laid to rest the body of Phil Smith, Julie’s father. Phil was a humble Christian, committed husband, involved father, and loyal Adrian Maple. For those who never knew Phil or anything about his past, perhaps this brief excerpt from chapter 2 of my … Read More

Yes, Your Pastor Needs Pastored

One reason churches need elders is because there will be times when an elder needs elders. Or, to say it another way, one reason churches need pastors is because there will be times when a pastor needs pastors. For yours truly, one of those times … Read More