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

Where Is God When It Hurts?

When I was growing up, there was a nationally syndicated television show known as the “Gospel Singing Jubilee.” It featured many of the top quartets, trios, and musicians in the gospel music industry, and I tuned in often, both to listen

We’re Off to the Holy Land!

This past Sunday in the 11:00 a.m. Traditions service I announced a Lenten Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! That’s right! From March 23 to April 2, 2019, I am inviting Asbury on a 10-day journey to the land where Jesus

Love Is an Awesome Force!

The Rev. Richard Fairchild shared a story some years ago in the ChristianReaderfortnightly periodical titled, “Priceless Scribbles.” In the story, a young boy noticed that his younger brother, John, began to suspiciously shrink as his father entered the living room

Have You Experienced Blessed Assurance?

What would you say if someone asked you in a very matter-of-fact way, “Have you been saved?” Would you quickly say “yes” in order to avoid an embarrassing situation? And if you did, would there still be some nagging doubts

The Book That Reads You

Christianity has been completely discredited because there are so many errors and discrepancies in the Bible. Have you ever heard anyone say something like that? I have. One of the most common objections to Christian faith surrounds the issue of

Finding the Spirit of Pentecost

During the dark days of the Great Depression in 1930s America, Mr. Ira Yates was like many other ranchers and farmers in dusty West Texas. He had a lot of land, and a lot of debt. Ira wasn’t able to

Unity Doesn’t Come Easy

Many people have never learned how to disagree in a spirit of love, or how to continue loving those with whom they disagree. We are like the poet who penned: “To dwell above with saints we love, That will be