Pastor Steve’s Blog

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Rage Room

I’m not a Philadelphia Flyers hockey fan. In fact, I’m not a hockey fan, but if I were I certainly wouldn’t pull for the Flyers. You see, they have a 44-year-long Stanley Cup drought (take heart Falcons fans). So, in order to give their fans a place to take out their...

It’s October Again.

Her name was Ashley.  She was 28-years-old.  She died a few years ago. Reading about her death over coffee and cereal made me sick to my stomach.  I did not know her, but it sickened me to read her story.  She was a police officer who lived in Woodridge, VA.  One of...

Pecking Order

Max was a college kid, out for Christmas break, working to make a few bucks.  The temperature was in the twenties; the wind chill made the temp feel like single digits.  The west Texas wind roared and stung the ears and the frozen grass cracked beneath his feet.  It...

Tour Buses and Lighthouses

Richard Skidmore has one of the best views in the world. I have never had Richard’s view. Not that I haven’t had some good views before, mind you. I got a view of the Aegean Sea and Greek islands coming down a mountain that about took my breath away. Niagara Falls is...

Just a Little Faith

A preacher friend gave me some advice a long time ago.  He said “never preach more faith than you have.”  I have tried to honor that advice.  So, as a minister I try to avoid “saying a few words” about things I know nothing about, but I also try to speak only about...

Growing Up

When I turned 55, I went with our son to see a movie. There was a sign indicating a senior discount was now available to me. Tyler nodded toward the sign, with a wry smile. Well, I didn’t want the dad gum discount! But he encouraged it, so I went for it. I told the...

Doughnuts and Lies

When asked “What is the favorite part about our church?” some children will say “doughnuts.” I’m OK with that because when adults are asked the same question, they will often say “fried chicken.”  My sermon is way down the list, somewhere a notch below “clean...

Spoonerisms and Speaking the Word

We preachers are often called on to “say a few words.”  Our best attempts come up woefully short at times, and we say things that we never intended. An Anglican clergyman named William Spooner, who died in 1930 at the age of 86, was a nervous man who (allegedly) often...

Staycation vs. Vacation

We vacationed at home (staycation) this summer.  While others were soaking up the rays at Panama City Beach, cruising on a Disney boat, or hanging out with Mickey at Disney, we stayed home. We didn’t choose to stay home; Natalie was sick for a couple of weeks, which...

Heavenly Hall of Fame

My son, Tyler, is now 28-years-old, but wasn’t it only yesterday that he was playing t-ball? I was the first base coach for his six-year-olds team and a good one, I might add. How does this sound: Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Musial, DiMaggio, Mays, Mantle, and Davis.  I’m...

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