Tennessee Trails: O1

  Recently I picked up Johnny Molloy’s book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Nashville, and I thought it’d be fun to tackle some of these trails with my grandson Elijah. We started with number 01 yesterday – the Anderson Road Fitness Trail, which runs in a loop for just over a mile around the […]

Belling Out of the Pastorate

  My first pastorate nearly killed me. Literally. Twice. It wasn’t the good people of Harris Memorial Church—they were wonderful. I’m forever indebted to them for supporting such a young and green pastor as I. We had very few conflicts in the church — almost none —  despite two building programs in two years. They […]

Stories of Church Life

The Donelson Fellowship celebrated its 60th birthday today and we had a great celebration at our church. Since I’ve been there for 36 years, it was hard not to reminisce. Rather than sharing stories about the founding or the growth of our church, I decided to share two stories of church life, illustrating the poignancy […]


  Last week our TDF ministerial staff was targeted by a profession gang of thieves, surveilled, and robbed before we even knew it. The foul deed occurred at Imo’s Pizza at 1000 Hampton Avenue in St. Louis. We’d rented a brand new van in Nashville, driven to St. Louis for our spring staff retreat, parked in the […]