A More Generous Way

One of the qualities I treasure about Providence—indeed, one of the qualities that drew me here in the first place—is our stubborn willingness to love one another in spite of our differences of opinions across all sorts of spectrums. As someone...

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The Hope of Spring

Each year, as the month of March draws near, I’m reminded of the simple poem “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” by Lorie Hill. March roars in like a lion so fierce, the wind so cold, it seems to pierce. The month rolls on and spring draws near...

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Morning Through Shadows

JRR Tolkien said, “You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” I think we, as Christians, do a great job of rejoicing in the resurrection, but sometimes we leave off the part where we found out what Jesus was resurrected from. That...

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Be Still and Listen

This past summer, I finally started reading Thomas Merton’s classic spiritual memoir, “The Seven Storey Mountain.”  It had been sitting on my shelf for several years.  I bought the book after one of my mentors recommended it as a good...

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Greater Things

Welcome to the new year! I’m going to forego the usual pastoral reflections about making resolutions, keeping resolutions, breaking resolutions, abandoning resolutions, and so forth. Everyone knows that even the hardiest of New Year’s resolutions...

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Break Into Song

“Break into song together, you ruins of Jerusalem! The Lord has comforted his people and has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm in view of all the nations; all the ends of the earth have seen our God’s victory.”  Isaiah 52:9-10...

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Toward a Culture of Call

The agenda for our quarterly church conference on November 29 is a full one. The finance committee will present its financial plan for missions and ministry in 2018, the Nominating Committee will propose a slate of church members to serve new...

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Dear Church Family

I need you.  In the past few weeks, many of you have approached me with affirmations, questions, and your own unique visions for the Student Ministries of Providence Baptist Church. The time has come for me to say ‘Thank you’ and to ask for your...

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