My fitness story

I have always been physically active.  I am an avid outdoorsman, so farming, hunting and fishing keep me busy away from work. However, a 40-hour per week office job has a way of catching up with you.  That’s what happened to me.  So in July of 2013, after being inspired by a friend (at that time, he had lost about 40 pounds) I decided something had to give, so I made the decision to change my lifestyle, and I set Read More

Why should everyone farm something?

Why do I say that?  First and foremost, I think farming teaches responsibility.  Not everyone will be able to raise larger livestock like cows, but most folks can find something to farm.  Whether it is planting a small garden in raised beds in the middle of the city (yes that’s possible and easy to do), or fencing in a couple acres and raising milk goats, you can find a way to farm something.  Don’t let the circumstances stand in your Read More

“Let the children come to me”

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands Read More

Class this Fall at CIU?

I seek your prayers as I consider taking another seminary class this fall at CIU.  I took Systematic Theology I with Dr. Hodges in the fall semester 2012, which I don’t think would have been possible without my church’s financial assistance.  I did not take a class this spring, however I am looking at two classes this fall: Systematic Theology II (online – scares me!), and Bible 5112 (Genesis to Song of Solomon). Would you consider supporting me financially? We Read More

Why so many close votes at GA41?

I am grateful for the privilege to attend the 41st General Assembly of the PCA. This is my first GA, and overall, I am very pleased with my experience. I attended several seminars, all of which, were extremely beneficial and well done. I especially appreciate Dr. Reeder’s comment in his “Revival Preaching” seminar where he reminded ruling elders to do their job so teaching elders can do theirs. He also reminded us to protect our pastor by providing him sufficient Read More

Busy day ahead

Work doesn’t stop on Saturdays. We have a busy day ahead at Triple J. First I have to fix a wire fence that got cut last week while limbing up a cedar tree. Then I need to bush hog a neighbor’s field because he has offered it to me for pasture. Next we will weed the garden and water it, and pray for rain. “Where I come from, rain is a good thing.” Last but not least, we get to Read More

Leadership weekend with Dr. Harry Reeder

I spent Friday afternoon and Saturday morning (April 12-13) attending a leadership development seminar with Dr. Harry Reeder, senior pastor of Briarwood PCA in Birmingham, AL. The seminar took place at the White Oak Conference Center located just north of Winnsboro, S.C. Dr. Reeder used examples from the lives of Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Joshua Chamberlain to illustrate leadership and character. The one thing that keeps going through my mind is that leadership and character are Read More


That was the title of today’s sermon at Lebanon PCA. The sermon text was Exodus 20:17, “You shalt not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Our pastor has reminded us each Sunday that every commandment forbids something and at the same time, it commands the corresponding opposite. Coveting what your neighbor has is the obvious Read More

Get your turkey hunt on

April is probably my favorite month because of one thing: turkey season. I started turkey hunting at the age of 13, and by far, it is my favorite (I also hunt deer, dove, squirrel and I like to fish). My dad did not hunt much, so I learned by trial and error, and early on, I made a lot of errors. In my opinion, turkey hunting is the most “real” or “natural” type of hunting. You turkey hunters will know Read More