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...

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...

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...

April 16, 2018

Early to bed, early to rise, makes one healthy, wealthy, and wise. This statement emphasizes the benefits of proper rest. Adequate rest does wonders for your mind, body, and heart. Lack of rest can lead to irritability, irrationality, and even insanity. Ok, the last on...

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...

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...

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