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, [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

Who My Teachers Are

This post is a follow up to the message I preached this morning at Mt. Vernon. The BIG Idea was: The better the teacher, the better the learning. Who are you learning from? Here’s a list of what I’m choosing to learn from today. BIBLE – my personal Bible reading plan has me reading the [Read More…]

Five for Friday

Hey everyone, thanks for another great week of blogging. Your initial comments have been very encouraging. I’ll keep writing, if you keep reading! Here are five links to articles that will get you thinking: The FAQs – Southern Baptists and Calvinism – The debate over Calvinism vs. Free Will has popped up again in Southern [Read More…]

Are You Afraid of the Water?

The other day I took my two oldest boys swimming at a local pool. Now, for young boys, a pool should be heaven itself. They’ll play, I’ll get to relax, perhaps catch up on some reading . . . Did I tell you I took my two-year-old swimming? “Swimming” would be a loose term for [Read More…]