SOWING SEEDS

Love the Lord

Recent statistics regarding the spiritual state of our country are alarming: 96% of Americans polled say they believe ...

Columns

Sowing Seeds: No pain? No gain!

Zig Ziglar used to say: “There is no elevator to the top. You’re going to have to take ...

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Stairway to Heaven

Some dormitories at Virginia Tech are grouped in quads: four buildings in a square with a grassy area ...

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Are you the Messiah?

Events this week seemed especially conflicted and depressing: Ukraine – Threat of invasion with potentially dire consequences. Pandemic ...

Columns

Greatness as a No. 2: Dan Abrams and Robb Almy

Sometimes the hardest number to be in life is two: second string, second clarinet, vice president or assistant ...

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Religion, fasting and wine

One day some people said to Jesus, “John the Baptist’s disciples fast and pray regularly, and so do ...

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Who Is Jesus?

2022 is off to a rough start. Sunday was warm and beautiful, but Monday brought a massive winter ...

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Resolutions

Every year, many of us make new year’s resolutions that are forgotten by Super Bowl Sunday. According to ...

Columns

Real Christmas giving conclusion

Recently, I shared a plea from a family asking for help. Christmas can be a visible reminder of ...

Columns

Christmas giving: Letter from Canada

Recently, I shared a plea from families asking for help. Christmas can be a visible reminder of who ...

Columns

Christmas giving: Letters

I wrote about a plea for help from a family with no way to provide Christmas for their ...

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Christmas giving

A recent email: “Pray for my children. I know they will have nothing for Christmas, and it’s tearing ...

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Nativity and culture

If you visit Fredericksburg UMC near Christmas, you will see a large and intricate Nativity scene. It’s not ...

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Monopoly, change and children

I deal with changes nearly every day, but this one is too much. Monopoly replaced three of their ...

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10 church action words

If we want to be a healthy church, we must heed the warnings of the Bible. Don’t stop ...

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Four emails

The following four emails came at various times throughout my ministry. What each writer expresses is a need ...

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The Church: Judge or encourage?

Our family moved to a new area just as I entered the seventh grade. During the first week ...

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‘Hang in there’ and Colin Powell

When people came to me for spiritual guidance and counseling, I listened carefully and tried to offer sound, ...

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More $10 challenge stories

Recently, each family received a $10 bill with a challenge to multiply and use it in a way ...

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Leadership and the cockroach letter

On a dinner flight, the man opened his meal. Right on top of the salad he saw an ...

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Column – What’s going down

The song on the radio was an old sixties hit, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Stephen ...

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What’s going down

The song on the radio was an old sixties hit, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Stephen ...

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One tornado, two churches – Part 2

Early one Saturday morning, Cordelia Alexander awoke to the sounds of a concrete truck and men talking. The ...

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One tornado, two churches

I read an ad that said, “95% of our daily decisions could be made by most anyone. It ...

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Heaven and hell

Ship of fools or lifeboat to heaven? Did you hear about the man traveling from New York to ...

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The $10 challenge

A church giving away $10 bills? Whoever heard of such a thing? Especially in September when most churches ...

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Riding a dead horse

Bill Dettmer wrote: “The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, ...

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