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About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

Pandemics, History, Environment, Myths and More: A Conversation with Brad Raley

Every day we are being watched by the ghosts of history past. The hosts of Ryan and Philip’s Conversation Rules have a segment on their podcast; History Has Its Eyes On You. No matter the subject of each episode, they point up the value of knowing how it relates … Continue reading

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Just Another Day at the Office or, A Parody of Power

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, it is easy for us to become so accustomed to human modes of power that we need a good dose of parody to shake us awake to the manner of your love in Jesus, the Christ. Give us again, a healthy dose of divine humor Continue reading

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Dealing with Loss, Grief, and Grace in a Pandemic: A Conversation Among Friends

If you are a pastor or on a church staff, there is no shortage of suggestions for what to do during the current novel coronavirus pandemic. Many pastors find themselves forced to think about live-streaming services, using Zoom or Google Meet to offer Bible Study, and Youth Pastors are … Continue reading

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Yes, Even These Dead Bones Live

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, we are grieved. Safer at home or shelter in place or quarantine all mean some level of limitation, restrictions on our movement. Some of us are angry, others in denial, and still others are depressed. It feels like death. Remind us that Jesus too was Continue reading

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Mud, Spit and Another Way of Seeing

Pastoral Prayer: Lord God, our current situation amplifies our need to blame, require airtight explanations, and develop rules to protect our understanding of how life works. Remind us today that these habits in no way make life better. They often plunge us into a too familiar blinding darkness. Give Continue reading

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