Sermon: “God Gives Life to the Dead” (March 29, 2020)

Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta “God Gives Life to the Dead” (Ezekiel 37:1-14) March 29, 2020 Dave Johnson In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Last summer I had the privilege of visiting Paris with my daughter Becky—without question one of the best...

Daily Word of Grace (March 27, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 9 (March 27, 2020) Psalm 46 is a powerful psalm that connects exactly with where we are today as we all find ourselves coping with a situation none of us saw coming, as we all continue to navigate uncharted territory, because Psalm 46 is all...

Daily Word of Grace (March 26, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace: March 26, 2020 The moving 2017 film Wonder portrays the true story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy suffering from Treacher Collins Syndrome, which means his facial bones never formed properly.  In spite of enduring many surgeries Auggie’s...

Daily Word of Grace (March 25, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace: March 25, 2020 One of my favorite rock artists ever is the late great Tom Petty, whom I had the privilege of once seeing live in an Atlanta concert with a few of my kids and my awesome friend Mike Tanner. The second track on his 2006 album Highway...

Daily Word of Grace (March 24, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace: March 24, 2020 Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting the home of William Shakespeare in England.  As you know, in addition to writing classic plays he also wrote many sonnets, brief and beautiful love poems, including Sonnet 116: Let...

Daily Word of Grace (March 23, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace: March 23, 2020 Fifty years ago Simon and Garfunkel released their fifth and final studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water, one of my all-time favorites.  The title (and opening) track is soaked with gospel, especially for those overwhelmed by...

Sermon: “This is the One” (March 22, 2020)

Christ Episcopal Church, Valdosta “This is the One” (1 Samuel 16:4-13) March 22, 2020 Dave Johnson In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is a special place in God’s heart for the rejected.  This is good news because so many people, perhaps including...

Daily Word of Grace (March 20, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace #4 (March 20, 2020) On his 1990 album The End of the Innocence Don Henley sings the following in the moving song called “The Heart of the Matter: “ “I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter, but everything changes and my friends seem...

Daily Word of Grace (March 19, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 3 (March 19, 2020) In the gripping 2005 film Batman Begins, the first of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is completing his training with the League of Shadows.  All he has to do is execute a felon guilty of capital offenses...

Daily Word of Grace (March 18, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace: March 18, 2020 In the critically acclaimed (for real) television sitcom The Office Steve Carrell played Michael Scott, the hilarious and neurotic regional manager in the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.  One of his best lines ever was this gem,...