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 […]

Good News in Changing Times

A few years before my grandmother was born Thomas Edison ran the first direct current to 85 homes in New York City powering a total of 400 light bulbs.  She was a teenager when Ford first mass produced the Model T. She graduated the 9th grade, making her well-educated for a child of her era […]

Hope hangs dying

Hope hangs dying The crowd lying Disciples denying His mother crying Love defying Faith forgotten God’s mercy mocked Our way lost Truth taunted Sacred scorned Redeemer Rejected Bleeding Broken Dying God! Crucified? What unleashes such hate? Preaching Feeding Touching untouchables Welcoming Forgiving Loving Through parched lips Praying Proclaiming “Father, forgive them” Father, forgive them, they […]

Journey to the cross- beyond asking

When they had come near Jerusalem reaching the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey, untie it and bring it to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And they will […]