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...

September 5, 2018

Many struggle with what to say when they pray. This is partially influenced by the grandeur of some public, corporate prayers. Corporate prayers can be long, wordy, and multifaceted. They can intimidate those who do not feel capable of praying those prayers. While corp...

August 28, 2018

Prayer is one of God’s gifts of communication between heaven and earth. Coming to God in prayer is not only our response to His invitation, but it is also an act of humility. When we pause to pray, we acknowledge our personal weaknesses and limitations. It is like taki...

August 14, 2018

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with feelings of anxiety? If so, you are not alone. Feelings of uncertainty, uneasiness, worry, and fear come to us all. The Bible offers an antidote for anxiety: 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and pe...

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