The Great Banquet

My local church set aside this past week for a time of focused ministry in our own community here in Durham. A wide variety of service projects were engaged, from activities for children of all ages, serving coffee at the train station for the many commuters, cleaning up and doing repairs...

He is Risen Indeed!

It was Easter Sunday in 1972.  My grandfather was preparing to sing an Easter cantata with his church choir when he suffered a stroke and collapsed.  On the following Sunday, he went to be with the Lord.  I never met my grandfather, but I’ve heard countless stories from my mother about...

How Majestic is Your...

“O LORD our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” (8:1-2) Recently I’ve been participating in a Hebrew...

Discipleship Princip...

1.     Discipleship is about a Relationship Michael Wilkins has defined a disciple of Jesus as one who “has come to Jesus for eternal life, has claimed Jesus as Savior and God, and has embarked upon the life of following Jesus.”[1] His very presence in my life and his promise to never...

History in the Makin...

A significant shift took place last week in the Church of England.  The office of Archbishop of Canterbury was conferred upon Justin Welby, former Bishop of Durham.  In my short time living in Durham (I moved here in late September), it has been interesting to see this process unfold. ...

Going to Heaven with...

As a student of the New Testament, I am one of those odd characters who enjoys the minutia of grammatical details in the original languages and especially their interpretative significance.  Yet what motivates me in working through the details is primarily a genuine application of...

On the Incarnation i...

I am notorious for listening to Christmas music at any time of year.  This produces a gamut of responses from utter disparaging of the thought to confessions of similar behavior.  My reason is never an attempt to sustain the festivities long past their due.  Rather, I am deeply and...