A Sermon delivered to Free Union Original Free Will Baptist Church in Pinetown, NC. Date: December 29, 2019. Scripture Text: Lamentations 3:1-33 Has life ever caused you to forget what happiness is? Life is full of frequent and tumultuous trials, many of these painful and distressing. Such times are undeniably strong, which inflict a toil … Continue reading Shattering Hope
O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength,like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that … Continue reading A Reflection on Psalm 88: The Psalm of Depression
Love is the active concern for the life and growth of that which we love. [i]Eric Fromm, The Art of Loving Did I understand love before I knew you? Love, I don't believe I fully understood it until I saw you. In fact, I know I didn't. I couldn't fully see it in all its … Continue reading For Ava. Thoughts on Parental Love, Liminality, and God.
Thomas Groome rightfully asserts that “all statistics indicate a significant falling away from the practice of faith” (2011, 7). There are many reasons for this, yet Groome further explains that “all the disenchantment of our age will not obliterate the innate human disposition for the spiritual or religious” (10) and because of this “informing and … Continue reading Correlating Writings of Dorothy Day and Thomas Groome: There Will be Faith
The liturgy of Holy Week teaches us that a crisis situation (limit situation) can be a defining moment—it can make us or break us. On the first day of the week (now celebrated as Palm Sunday), a few days before Passover, Jesus entered Jerusalem knowing that he was about to fulfil his destiny. He knew … Continue reading Limit Situations: Not Limiting but Empowering