First Impressions

There are some moments in life you never forget. They become embedded pictures in your mind, even when the details grow fuzzy. My first visit to an African marketplace did it for me. The year was 1986. Only a few months in the capital city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, a friend took me to the … More First Impressions

The Best Gift

Today would have been his 73rd birthday. This day comes now with a bitter-sweetness that is hard to shake, but the Lord has made this one especially sweet, so I want to tell you about it. As pilgrims on this journey, we do not always have the joy of seeing the results of the seed-sowing … More The Best Gift

This is my story

I was on the road today to share with a church in Cleveland, Tennessee. Southern Baptists are so good to not only pray and give to missions, locally, statewide, nationally and globally, but to seek out real-live people to share with their congregations, in order to put a face to what they are a part … More This is my story

When judgment comes

There’s a lot of free-flowing judgment happening in our country these days. Whether from talking heads on news broadcasts, editorials and opinion pieces in the papers, from “friends” on Facebook, or in the Twitter-sphere, it seems everyone is capable of pronouncing judgment on someone else. And the punishments can be severe. Even if the self-made … More When judgment comes

Nothing by chance

I debated accepting. After all, it was only ten minutes. Was it really worth the drive? As I thought about the invitation to drive to a small town church, I heard a voice reminding me: “Didn’t you ask me to expand your speaking opportunities this year? Maybe it’s more about making connections than speaking.” So, … More Nothing by chance