Exodus 20:1-12; Galatians 3:25-29 “Family Ties”

I want to tell you a story about a time when I was younger and dumber, but not quite as dumb as my older brother. When I was 16 years old, my brother and I were driving to have lunch with my parents and grandparents. On our way there, a [...]

Exodus 20:1-11; Acts 2:41-47 “What’s Most Important?”

Once upon a time, there was a man who made himself very rich. But he was also just as greedy as he was rich. He loved his money more than his wife, his children, he loved his money more than anything! When he was on his deathbed, he told his [...]

Acts 11:1-18 “Clean Up Your Acts”

Exodus 20:1-7; Colossians 3:1-10 “Talking the Talk”

With summer around the corner, I cannot help but looking back on some of my favorite summer memories. Without a doubt, some of the best memories I had came from the summer camp I attended when I was a kid. I always remember coming back after that week thinking that [...]

Exodus 20:1-6; John 20:19-29 “Christ is Lord”

They may not be the best movies, but some of the most memorable movies are those that have twist endings. Those are the types of movies that stay in our memories forever. Many of us still remember that moment when Charlton Heston’s character realized that the ape-filled land was not [...]

Matthew 5:1-10; Luke 19:28-40 “Blessed to be Pure in Heart”

I think it’s safe to say that the last few months have been some of the most stressful of my life, albeit in a good way. Since January, Rachel and I have had to juggle our work schedules with raising a baby. The other night, we were discussing how, between [...]

Matthew 5:1-10; Psalm 103:6-14 “Blessed to Be Merciful”

One of my favorite plays is Les Miserables, which tells the story of the life of Jean Valjean, and the many ways his life impacted others. But Jean Valjean’s story begins in a rough spot. At the beginning of the story, he is a prisoner who is paroled, only to [...]

Matthew 5:1-10; Micah 6:6-8 “Blessed to Hunger & Thirst for Righteousness”

For the last few years, I have been a part of a presbytery-wide committee called the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, or as we call it, the CPM. Our task is to guide those who live in the Atlanta area who want to become pastors through the ordination process, which [...]

Matthew 5:1-10; Psalm 37:1-9 “Blessed to be Meek”

*No audio or video available When I was in grade school, I wound up joining the wrestling team. And I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I was pretty good at it for my age. As I grew up, I won way more than I lost. But I [...]

Matthew 5:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “Blessed to Mourn”

*No audio or video available On Monday, I checked my Facebook and discovered that a girl that I knew died in a car accident the day before. Her name was Laura, she was 20 years old, and I knew her from the conference at Montreat that I have been going [...]