July 24, 2020

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139:16, NIV

“What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little...

July 17, 2020

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

This week, I read the obituary and discovered I WAS IN IT! Well, almost.

While casually scanning the “Life Stories” section of Focus magazine, Andrews University’s alumni quarterly, I saw the...

July 12, 2020

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.” Genesis 7:11-12, NIV...

July 4, 2020

“Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17, ESV

When I was a young boy, I had a habit of letting the water run while brushing my teeth. I...

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...

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...

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