Archives for August 2012

Five for Friday

Another great week! In between college football games, check out these five links to articles guaranteed to make you think a little bit . . .Dear Stay-At-Home Mom - to all the stay-at-home moms out there (including my wife), this article is for you.Be Bold, Go Out and Chase Your Dreams - challenging post based off of Diana Nyad's failed attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida.Christians Victims of Rising Hostility - do you think Christians are getting picked on for their faith? You're … [Read more...]

Children of Hope

If you've come to Mt Vernon the past few weeks, you've heard about an incredible ministry partnership opportunity. For those of you who haven't heard, let me share an incredible ministry opportunity we have called Children of Hope. Several years ago, Mt Vernon took a mission trip down to the Dominican Republic. While there, our church saw God open a door for us in the Batey (slums) of Baharona. If you don't know, Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island. Dominican Republic is poor. … [Read more...]

Work Hard

BIG Idea: Work hard at whatever you do.When I landed my first "ministry" job, I had a choice to make. I had just returned from a missionary stint in Africa and got a job as a youth pastor in Mississippi. I was in full-time pursuit of my Master's degree from seminary. I was engaged to be married to my wife Robin. The pastor at the time told me honestly, "this is a full-time job, but we can only pay you 3/4 time." Their budget cuts did not allow them to pay a full-time salary. With a starting … [Read more...]

God, If You're Not Up There, by Darrell Hammond

I was drawn to this book because I’m an avid Saturday Night Live fan. The show’s ability to weave entertainment with contemporary social commentary makes it a show that continues to be relevant into its third decade. Darrell Hammond is one of the more recognizable faces on the show because of his longevity (14 seasons, a record). His brilliance was his ability to impersonate almost anybody. While his most famous impersonation was Bill Clinton, he did a whole host of other impersonations, inc … [Read more...]

Step One: Pray Together

I don’t know where you are in your marriage. You may be just starting out or rounding out twenty years together. Your fire may still be burning bright or may have died out a long time ago, leaving only lukewarm embers.As I’ve counseled with couples about their marriages, I’ve found that every situation is unique. Every marriage has its own baggage and history. But there are a few things that will help any marriage. Here’s one I want to share with you today.Your marriage may be on the rope … [Read more...]

Five for Friday

Hey everyone, I hope you've had a great week! Here are links to five articles guaranteed to keep you thinking through the weekend. If you're in Columbus, MS this weekend, come visit us at Mt Vernon!1. This is the Longest Sermon at Your Church - great article by Jon Acuff. And great reason why you need to go to the 9:00 am service!2. Have Our Children Forgotten How to Play Outdoors? - great book review and great reason why you should play with your kids outside this weekend.3. What … [Read more...]

Why We Adopted

Adoption has become a central part of my life story, and it’s a blessing that I’m thankful for every day. Why did Robin and I adopt? There were several reasons that led us to adopt our first two children (Zeke and Shepherd).1. We wanted children. We both knew even before we married that we wanted several kids. Before it was even time to start trying for kids, we had agreed that we wanted to have several of our own and adopt several (nationally and internationally). Our plan was to have a few of … [Read more...]

Kicking the Crutch

BIG Idea: There is no excuse for sitting on the sidelines of the Kingdom.A few days before my sixteenth birthday, my family moved several hours away to a new city and a new church. This experience was as traumatic as you might imagine. No kid likes moving to a new area and having to make new friends. I had been very attached to my previous youth group, which ran around 50-60 kids. The first Sunday at my new church, there were five students, including my brother and I. It was … [Read more...]

Eisenhower: The White House Years, by Jim Newton

I’ve read several books where Dwight D. Eisenhower was a principal player, most notably as a general in World War II. This book, however, was the first historical biography (I’ve read) that exclusively chronicled the White House years of Eisenhower. Part of my interest in the 1950s stems from the idyllic place it holds in the lore of American culture.  For many, the 1950s was the high point, the pinnacle of American success. Many older Americans who look at today’s culture with disdain hearken lo … [Read more...]

Marriage: The First Decade (part 2)

This past June Robin and I celebrated ten years of marriage. I wanted to take a moment and share ten things I learned. Last week I shared the first five. Today I’ll share five more things I've learned over the years.6. I know why so many couples think divorce is the easiest option. I know this is something I’m probably not supposed to admit as a pastor, but I know why divorce can be so tempting. During our first ten years, Robin and I have been at places where Robin and I dug in so hard on oppo … [Read more...]