a holy moment resonates forever

On June 18th, I will preach for the last time as the pastor of Tullahoma FUMC.  As we exchange farewells, I find myself reflecting on what remains after we part. Life holds infinite worth.  A simple cup of cold water lovingly offered to a thirsty child endures into eternity, “never losing its’ reward.” (Matthew 10:42). […]

Tips for these tough allegations

How do we respond to tragic events reported in our newspaper regarding a teacher’s arrest? This is not your fault. We do not know what all the charges in this case might be. However, please know that in any case of possible child exploitation: it is never the young person’s fault.  Do not blame the […]

Play On! THS Band.

The Band is bigger than one note, one horn, one flag, or one director.   Take the field and play on.  When the lights went off and the amp was unplugged, the band played on.  You are part of a great line, marching on in unbroken step.  You remind us that “the flag still waves.”  You […]

Lessons from Mom

My Mother, Joann Sims Purdue, was born in a house without running water.  A lifelong educator mom earned her master’s degree in education.   Today, I celebrate the lessons her life taught me. Trust Jesus Love people Faith matters The Church is full of sinners like you- go anyway Worship with your heart wide open Serve […]

Talking with teens

As some of you may have heard a teacher from Tullahoma High School was arrested last night.  Here are eight thoughts to help you talk with your teen. Create space for your teen to talk by being a good listener. Good listeners do not force conversation.  Do not interrogate. Do ask clarifying questions: What did […]

The Eunuch asked, “What prevents me?”

Even after hearing Jesus’ Great Commission “go into every nation making disciples” (Matthew 28); after seeing Jesus gloriously ascend to heaven and hearing his command “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of […]