March 12th, 2018

God loves you and wants to free you from bondage.

Luke 13:10-17


Come, Holy Spirit

In honor of Billy Graham, the sermon title today is “What Would Billy Say?” As I listened to and read his sermons these past two weeks, I decided to preach this story in the way that I think Billy Graham might have preached it – not his gestures or accent, but his content and passion.

I am 98% sure Billy Graham would not like my sermon title. Read more »

February 27th, 2018

I have heard or read several times in the last week that the late Billy Graham was “America’s Pastor.”  My response is that those who say that either don’t understand what a pastor does or don’t understand Billy Graham.

As of March 1, 2018, I’ve served as Corinth’s pastor for 25 years.  I know what a pastor does, and I love doing it.  The idea that anyone could function as pastor to a whole nation misconstrues the personal relationship required to equip Jesus’ disciples in the messiness of community. Read more »

February 19th, 2018

Cecil’s family left it up to me to choose the New Testament lesson for this service.  There’s a bit of a risk in that, I suppose!  It took me most of the weekend, but the Lord seemed to put into my mind this morning the perfect Scripture for C. Bost.

The Bible includes a number of metaphors for the church.  You’ve probably heard of “the body of Christ” or “the bride of Christ.” There’s also the church as a family or  garden. Each of the biblical metaphors is rich in meaning.

A metaphor used less frequently is the church as a building.  That makes the parts of the church stones – or as Jesus’ disciple Peter calls them in chapter 2 of his first letter, “living stones.”  The metaphor was particularly meaningful for Peter, because the name Peter means “rock,” and it was a nickname Jesus himself gave to Peter (Mark 3:16).

So why is a “living stone” so appropriate a theme as we celebrate the life of C. Bost? Read more »

February 18th, 2018

One Thing

In the midst of your “many things,” keep doing the “one thing” you know to do.

Luke 10:28-32


We have pictures!

The introductory question on this week’s Bible study sheet read:  “If someone were to look at your (pick one) calendar, financial accounts, social media posts, or emails and texts for the last week, what would that person think is your top priority?”

There would be no question for me the last two weeks. A 10-pound bundle of joy named Arlo has captured Linda’s and my hearts. Read more »

February 18th, 2018

Catawba Valley Interfaith Council

February 18, 2018

Thank you, Don Flick and the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council, for entrusting me with this privilege.  With as many options as the Council had locally for today’s presentation, it is humbling to represent the Christian perspective in this significant conversation.  I also want to thank my friend Dennis Jones for getting this dialogue started so well last week.  He said he didn’t feel qualified to reflect on Bruce Feiler’s work.  I don’t feel qualified to follow Dennis Jones!

You probably know (or might guess) that my heritage, training, and vocation are distinctively Christian.  Not many of you know that I was raised in a Muslim country and I have a Jewish grandson! Read more »