December 25, 2019

It was an untimely and unlikely baby shower. Untimely, because neither of them should be pregnant. Unlikely, because neither of them could be pregnant. Yet, somehow, this providential rendezvous defies all assumptions. Although each occupies a separate end of the age c...

December 17, 2019

Fall is in full swing and as the holidays rapidly approach, I am reminded of this fact of life: seasons change. For some, this is the most wonderful time of year. For others, it is anything but wonderful. Perhaps this is what the wise King Solomon had in mind when he w...

September 18, 2019

I spent the formative years of my life as a member of the Progress Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tampa, Florida. Several memories stand out as pivotal to my social and spiritual development.

The pastors who served Progress Village were dynamic preachers. One s...

August 15, 2019

In what has become known as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches powerful truths in simple, memorable, and unique ways. Without apology, He has gracefully redefined perfect love, advocated selfless service, explained the spiritual prayer life, clarified the intent of...

August 14, 2019

The story of Jesus and the twelve disciples on a small boat in a big storm reminds us that life is full of swift transitions. It reveals the seasonal nature of circumstances. Indeed, life’s atmosphere can change from peaceful to turbulent in a moment. It did for Jesus...

May 17, 2019

On Friday May 10, 2019, I was honored to serve as the consecration speaker for the graduating class of 2019 at my alma mater Oakwood University. The Lord blessed this homecoming experience. I wanted to capture the sentiments of my reflection on the moment in a letter t...

February 21, 2019

The world renown Aeolians are the official choral ensemble of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. I was privileged to spend four years as a second tenor with this phenomenal group under the directorship of Dr. Wayne Bucknor and Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand. I re...

February 18, 2019

A few years ago, I listened to a sermon delivered by Dr. Sean H. McMilllan at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church entitled "Bring Back the Wine." Dr. McMillan explores the implications of Jesus' first miracle, changing water into wine (John 2:1-12), in a dynamic...

December 13, 2018

As we approach the wintery holiday season, I am reminded of this fact of life: seasons change. How would you describe your current season? Perhaps it is bright and sunny. Maybe it is cold and dreary. Is it a season of worry or a season of peace?

The wise King Solomon s...

October 13, 2018

I believe parents play an integral role in the spiritual development of their children. I believe this in part because of my personal experience. My parents were intentional about teaching my sisters and me about the Lord, His love, His Word, and His will for our lives...

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