Are You a Builder or a Wrecker?

As we approach Labor Day weekend, I would like to share the following poem by an unknown author entitled A Builder or a Wrecker: As I watched them tear a building down A gang of men in a busy town

Why Is the Church Negatively Portrayed?

I have never claimed to have all of the answers to life’s most troubling questions. But I am happy to share my personal struggles and how I have come to reconcile my spiritual life with the reality of God. In

We’re Defeating Giants on Sunday!

When I was a small child I put this Bible story poem to memory: “Only a boy named David, only a little sling. Only a boy named David, but he could play and sing. Only a boy named David, only

What Do I Do When Faced with a Difficult Decision?

In the book of The Acts of the Apostles (1:23-26) in the New Testament when the disciples were faced with a choice between two men to replace Judas Iscariot after he had betrayed Christ and hung himself in despair, the

Are You an Explorer or a Tourist?

I am often asked which is the best version of the Bible to use for personal reading and study. There are so many different types and styles of Bibles available today.  It can truly be overwhelming. But to answer this

What Are the Most Misunderstood Stories in the Bible?

This summer it has been our privilege to have Mr. Drew Nix as a ministry intern.  Drew is preparing to go to Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta to study for ordained ministry in the United Methodist

Did You Get My Text?

What do you imagine the biblical story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4) to really be about? Sibling rivalry? The meaning is much deeper than that. Or what about Balaam’s Talking Donkey in the book of Numbers chapter 10 (yes…that

Are the Storms of Your Life Raging?

The late Rev. Dr. John Claypool, one of America’s finest preachers, served right here in the city of Birmingham as the senior rector at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. When he was at the peak of his ministerial career he lost

Summer Institute Starts Tonight!

Tonight marks the beginning of the 2018 Summer Institute of Religious Studies which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. I am really looking forward to these eight Wednesday evening sessions as we consider various religious expressions that stand outside

Liberty & Justice For All!

French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting the United States of America for the first time in 1831, said, “I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless