Monthly Archives: January 2012

What To Say To The Grieving

Losing someone close to us is always a difficult thing. It’s especially tragic when death comes suddenly and without warning. Many people struggle with what to say to people who are grieving. Sudden loss is no stranger to me. I lost both parents in separate accidents and my college roommate was killed in a car accident at the end of… Read more »

When Our Unforgiveness Turns To Hate

It’s been an interesting journey for me. I’m in a place now where I never wanted to be. Check that. I’m a man who desperately needed grace, received it from God, received it from many others, but still gets a lot of grief from those who are unwilling to forgive. So, in a way, I am in place I never… Read more »

“Waiting on Forgiveness” vs. Restoration

I’ve got a new post up over at Provoketive Magazine – “Waiting on Forgiveness” vs. Restoration. Here’s an excerpt: My own peak of unforgiveness came with my relationship with my father. He and I were at odds for most of my life. He was very critical of me and had trouble expressing any love for me. While I was pastoring,… Read more »

How Did I Get Here? Jonathan Brink, Providence and Who Knows?

It’s 1:30 in the morning. A few rugged hours from now, I’ll be preaching and signing some books. It’s really time for me to be honest with my readers. I’m about to put it on the line. I’m about to publish a blog at 2:00 am Central time, when no one is up. No one reads on Sunday morning. Or… Read more »

“Captain Coward” and the Failure to Rescue

I’ve got a new post up over at Provoketive Magazine called “‘Captain Coward’ and the Failure to Rescue”. It uses the cruise ship Costa Concordia captain’s decisions last week as a jumping off point for a discussion about the church’s failure to monitor its own disasters. Here’s an excerpt: Another thought – we do have people who go overboard in… Read more »

Book Signing This Sunday

I know a lot of you don’t live anywhere near here, but for those of you who do, I’m having a book signing at Salem Baptist Church in Pembroke, Kentucky from 2:00-4:00. I’ll be speaking at 11:00 am on the topic of Restoration. There’s a potluck after church as well. If you can pre-purchase a book, that would be great…. Read more »

Fallen Pastor: New Ways To Order

I was looking online for places that might be selling my book. Found some. So I’m posting their sites and their listed prices – without shipping. Books-a-Million: $17.59 Buy.com: $13.03 Barnes and Noble: $14.39 Of course, my publisher has been carrying the book since before publication for $15.99. And Amazon.com has it for $15.99 and on the Kindle for $9.99…. Read more »

When The Heart Needs Healing

I’ve been off the grid for about a week and I have a pretty good reason. And it turned into a good illustration for a blog (I hope). Last Monday, I was finished up with covering a basketball game in a neighboring county for my sports medicine job. I went to my car and when I got in, I had… Read more »

The Church and the Kid with the Poopy Pants

Oh, hey there. For those who follow me on Facebook, I was in the hospital last night. If I had wanted to Facebook overdramatize it, Iwould have said, “I HAd a HRt aTTack!! OMgoSH!” Actually, my heart sped up too fast.250 beats a minute too fast. It’s called an SVT. Look it up. I dare you. They gave me meds…. Read more »

“Look at me, I’m a gravy boat!”

I have somewhat of an ego problem. Now, if you know me at all, you’ll find yourself tossing your head back, laughing and saying, “Oh, really? Tell me something I didn’t know, Ray.” This really has something to do with gravy, the world’s greatest food/beverage. I promise. I’ll get there in a minute. In my book, I interviewed a guy… Read more »