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The Mount of Beatitudes

  This week in Israel we pondered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) on the Mount of Beatitudes, at or near the spot where Jesus taught 2000 years ago on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. An Inaugural Sermon: This was our Lord’s first recorded sermon. I’ve read the biographies of many great preachers, and I always pay […]

Bumping into Success Wherever You Go

  A Study of Joshua 1:8-9 The most life-changing decision we can make is our commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. That’s a decision I made as a child and ratified in college. I don’t remember the date of my childhood decision, but I remember very well September 3, 1971, when, at age […]

Cornbread Salad

  For our family birthday / Memorial Day party, I decided to make a large serving of Cornbread Salad, which my sister, Ann, and I learned about at Shirley’s Restaurant on Watauga Lake near our home in Roan Mountain. I made a double batch of cornbread the night before and left it on the counter to […]

Second Thoughts — What I Might Have Done Differently

  Adult-Only Worship? Over my years of pastoral work, there are several things I might have done differently, which is to say the American church might reconsider some of the innovations of the last thirty years and buck a few popular but questionable trends. For example, I now have misgivings about elementary children being segregated […]