I've been in ministry most of my adult life. I started pulpit ministry as a young Pentecostal preacher, trained at a Pentecostal seminary (I called it preacher's school), traveling around the country filling in for vacationing pastors, holding revivals, taking part in crusades, and leading special church services.
Southern culture and a very select group of Christian leaders influenced my beliefs and style more than anything else. Then I allowed myself to pay attention to other, just as sincere voices.
Now, although my understanding of God and the scriptures has "matured," my passion for living as an authentic believer has not. I still believe God cares and Jesus saves, but with a more honest idea of what caring and saving looks like.
Today I serve as associate pastor of a beautiful, caring, inclusive congregation in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bluegrass United Church of Christ is led by a dynamic and passionate lead pastor, Rev. Marsha Moors-Charles. Marsha encourages us, challenges us, and walks with our congregation through the sometimes difficult and emotional places. I continue to learn a lot from her through her own deep digging and unapologetic faith.
I delivered most of these sermons at my home church.
JULY 22, 2018
The storms that rolled through Friday night left some of you in the dark for a while. Last I saw, some of you might still be without power. It’s made for a frustrating inconvenience for sure.
JULY 15, 2018
Back when I was younger, I worked a summer or two as a lifeguard. Parents would sometimes come in and drop off their kids for me and the other teenagers to watch after. Those who did stay around the pool would spend the day either visiting with friends or napping or getting lost in a book.
JULY 8, 2018
Back in the early 1930s, as the story goes, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for President of the United States. The country was in the middle of the Great Depression. Scores of Americans were out of work. Many wealthy families found themselves in the same soup lines as the street people. Millionaires became paupers overnight. Hunger, depression and suicide were common and there didn’t seem to be any relief in sight.
JUNE 17, 2018
Some of you may have seen him. He wanders around downtown from time to time. But if you drive out Versailles Road much at all you’re likely to see the guy walking up the sidewalk screaming at ghosts. Or at least that’s what it sorta looks like.
JUNE 10, 2018
So, did you catch the theme in today’s scripture, the common word in all of those Psalms?
I can’t imagine that you didn’t, but just in case, let’s take a look at them again real quick…
MAY 20, 2018
For everyone who is concerned that the Pentecostal preacher has been turned loose on Pentecost Sunday, let me go ahead and ease your fears… There ain’t nobody gonna get hurt here today.
APRIL 29, 2018
If you ask me, I’m usually always right. I have strong opinions that are based on well researched and indisputable facts, and those facts are always right.
I may argue with myself about them, but you are not to challenge me or my opinions… because as I say, I’m always right.
APRIL 8, 2018
Sometimes my mind wanders… Sometimes I find myself thinking about random and odd things.
Just yesterday morning I woke up very early, while it was still dark, wondering if there is ever a time when there is not a police officer somewhere in the world chasing down an escaped cow. Don’t ask me why. I wouldn’t know what to tell you.