Youth Minister

Living Dreams

This past Saturday was full of great memories, reuniting with former friends and marching down Jordan Hare’s field playing War Eagle with my brother, sister and sister-in-law as my entire family went back to Auburn to play in the Alumni Band. I can remember years ago after every performance staring up into the upper deck…

Great Stories

Last Thursday, Whitney came home with a great story from one of her children at school. She had given them a writing assignment about “Your Favorites.” This little boy named Jose wrote about his favorite stuffed animals where he described them in detail. The best was when he said, “BUT MY FAVORITE IS THIS LITTLE…

Can You Imagine?

Last Friday night, Whitney and I went to watch Connor Kelley play football for the Oak Mountain High School Eagles. He is an animal on special teams. He is also an outside line backer, but he told me that I probably would not see him on the field on defense unless something catastrophic happens with…

Neighbors

My neighbors on both sides of us are elderly and extraordinary. When Whitney and I moved back to Birmingham sixteen years ago, we hadn’t been here long when Hurricane Ivan hit. Our neighbors called us on the phone and said, “Get over here. Bring your family and your dogs. We have a basement, and it…

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, It is well with my soul. My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and…

Dreamland

It has become a tradition that the Youth Deacons and their spouses and Whitney and I take the recent high school graduates to Dreamland BBQ downtown, order several slabs of ribs, put bibs on them and let them devour as many ribs as they can eat. Then we share with them some last words of…

Flipping Pancakes

  Greetings from Maywood Camp, We have a large number of our church family at Maywood Camp this week.  The camp fatigue is trying to creep in, but we refuse to be defeated.  A few minutes ago, I went into the kitchen to pour my morning mug of coffee, and Dewayne was mastering the art…

Vision

Do you ever see pictures or experience breathtaking scenery that make you wish you could live there? Then, for weeks and possibly months or longer you find yourself daydreaming about your life there? As time continues, you start making plans to revisit that place with hopes of making your permanent residence there? Do you ever…

Astronomy

Have you ever been outside on a clear night in the middle of nowhere, looked up at the night sky, and saw billions of stars? When we were in Colorado, we were treated to that production at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory. Our guide was an Aerospace Engineer and his love for astronomy was obvious.…

Shedding Antlers

Have you ever seen elk in the Rocky Mountains? My family and I just got back from our family vacation in Colorado.  The kids had never seen elk in the wild, but now they can say that they have seen hundreds and witnessed dad pulling over a gazillion times to take even more photos of…