Youth Minister

Miller, the Sheep

Campouts are tons of fun and also tons of work, but we were all greeted at the Milliron’s farm this past weekend with a friendly fellow, named Miller. Miller is the Milliron’s only sheep. Leif whispered to me that Miller isn’t too bright so I immediately became attached to my new sheep friend. Of course,…

Life Is Hard

Life is hard, and we have all been slapped around from time to time by life’s hard hits. The question is, What do we do about it?  Do we respond or react?   Lately I have been reading a handwritten book that my mom gave me before I went to college.  I’ve shared some of…

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…