Greatest Hits

Because some people apparently care about such things, I make space on thishere site for the things I’ve written (here and elsewhere) that people think most highly about:

 

 

  • In another universe, mostly in Northwest Georgia, I did long-form scripture exposition (or preachin’, if that’s where you’re from), both for my church and for student ministries at Shorter University. There are five of those texts that I’ve gathered here. There might be a theme to them.
  • In late 2006, in a spell of complete overconfidence, I gave a series of three messages as we tried to put together a young-adult service at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Rome, GA. The concept failed utterly and it taught me just how many people (not just supporting, but being present and being active) are necessary if you’re going to make anything organized-church fly, but the messages were okay enough that I’ll share ’em here. They were called, in order: “I am a hypocrite” (Romans 7:15-25), “Zaccheus wanted to see Jesus” (Luke 19:1-10), and “…together with glad and sincere hearts” (Acts 2:42-47).
  • On April 10, 2007, I gave a message in Shorter’s whole-campus chapel called “If only love is done, it is enough.” It was based on the text of 1 John 3:11-23, and I wrote it in the wake of one suicide in the circle of my pastor’s family and in the aftermath of another suicide on Graduation Day, 2006. It helped me get my heart right for the years ahead.
  • On the night of November 10, 2010, I visited Baptist Campus Ministries “Refuge” meeting at Shorter, and remembered a lot of large-group meetings we had at the old Rose Christian Fellowship and the guys who came back from Urbana 1990 blown away. Drawing from Paul Tokunaga’s message of a similar title, I asked “Will you love your campus?” and based my question on Romans 12:9-21. That’s the last time I gave any sort of message at Shorter, because I left that August for Virginia Intermont. It’s also the last time I’ve given any sort of message, period – I don’t work in that context anymore, and nobody has ever asked.

Where things go from here, I don’t have a clue.

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