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...

July 10, 2018

For a long time, I thought the word blogging sounded funny. I had no intentions of starting a blog or becoming a blogger. Then, I read a book by Rodlie Ortiz that changed my mind about the value in blogging (but, I still think the word sounds funny).

The book is ca...

March 26, 2018

John Maxwell’s Developing the Leader within You is a foundational resource for emerging leaders. As a new, young pastor, I found Maxwell’s leadership principles to be both intellectually stimulating and practically accessible, capable of serving as a framework for imme...

March 14, 2018

Pastors serve people. People, by nature, are complex and full of intricacies. As an emerging leader and maturing pastor, I am learning to study people. In only 10 months of senior pastoring, I am delighted to announce that I have discovered the secret to straightening...

January 25, 2018

When is the last time you dreamed big?

I'm reading a book called "How Google Works" by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenburg. The forward is written by Google Cofounder and CEO, Larry Page.

Commenting on the idea of Creative Innovation, Page says, 

"Over time I've learned,...

October 26, 2017

I write a weekly devotional for my church which is inserted in our church bulletin. This week, I wanted to thank my church for their warm, thoughtful, and kind "Pastor's Appreciation" gifts. So, I used the "Pastor's Pen" to do so as well as request their prayers in 4 a...

October 12, 2017

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a great bookstore called “2nd & Charles.” They buy, sell, and trade books, music, and video games. Outside of the front doors, 2nd & Charles has a basket of free books that anyone can browse through and take home. I normally look for re...

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