A few weeks ago, Carmen and I went back to her oncologist for scans. Carmen had completed her chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Both had been brutal. Cancer sucks. Don't let anyone lie to you and tell you that it is easy or that it is no big deal. It is a big deal. It is … Continue reading Proudly Presenting My Survivor
I really want to give Facebook a rest for a while. I've felt this way for a while now. Really, the only thing keeping my Facebook account active is this website (Facebook is the primary way that I publicize these updates). I feel responsible to keep my friends and family (and even many people that … Continue reading The Dog Days of Cancer
Here we sit in the chemotherapy bay at Physicians East in Greenville. Today is Carmen's fourth treatment, which puts us more than halfway through this part of our journey. To this point, I believe that Carmen's response to the chemotherapy has been, as the title suggests, as good as it gets. To the praise of … Continue reading Update on Carmen: Good As It Gets
Carmen and I have been absolutely overwhelmed at the exposure my last post received. The famous Christian philosopher, C. S. Lewis once remarked on suffering in this way: "Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His … Continue reading Reflection: Pain is God’s Megaphone (+ cancer update)
This past week has been the worst time of Carmen's and my life. We have each gone through troubling and trying times, but none compare to what God has put in front of us over these last nine days. Members of our church and friends from all over the United States have been praying for … Continue reading The Worst 8 Days Ever…
I am of the opinion that if you are not constantly re-examining your doctrine, then you probably are not reading your Bible consistently or correctly. Is that too harsh? Here’s why I believe that to be true. We all bring presuppositions to the biblical text. We all have some grid through which we view the … Continue reading Do You Believe In Miracles?
Sometimes a preacher says something so perfectly that it does not even do well for another preacher to elaborate. In studying to teach on the Lord's Supper, I came across this reality with the words of Charles Spurgeon. His take on the ease with which we forget Christ is amazing and worth relaying: "It pictures … Continue reading Spurgeon on Forgetting Jesus
I met a very interesting person the other day. I was in a Bojangles (yuck) with my students in Virginia on the way back home to the Outer Banks after a weekend evangelism conference. The man immediately caught the attention of my wife. He sat by himself at a table behind us wearing a three-piece … Continue reading Jesus Is Not A Republican (or a Democrat)!