The Key to Discipleship

    It was on a hot, humid, sultry August day that I left Nashville to move to Sewanee to begin seminary. Loyal friends had come over early that morning to help me load all of my worldly possessions into a rented truck.     Now the...

Loving George Wallace

One spring day almost a quarter of a century ago, Peggy and Mark Kennedy and their young son made a pilgrimage to Atlanta to visit Martin Luther King Jr.’s grave. From there they walked down the street where the Civil Rights icon had grown up. to the house where he...

Good Enough

It was the last session of a three-day retreat for Methodist ministers. On the gathering’s opening day, the leader had given an assignment. Each participant was to search through Scripture and find a name or a story that they could claim as their own. On the last day...

Be the Shamash

    Arise, shine for your light has come! With these words from the prophet Isaiah we begin the season of Epiphany, often known as the season of light.  Epiphany (which actually is tomorrow) begins with the light of the star that led the wise men to the infant...

Remembering the Forgotten Man

Every three years on this day, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our scripture readings take a few moments to remember a crucial character in the birth we are about to celebrate, a character who soon fades into the background and is rarely seen again. I’m talking, of...

Shouting Mary’s Song

They must be the most famous words ever uttered by any woman in history.  I’m talking about the Magnificat, also known as the Song of Mary, which we sang in place of the usual psalm today.  Mary, a poor, unwed teenager, has just heard the startling news from...

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