Letter to Amy

Letter to Amy

This past Saturday, Jason Ellis, a close friend of our family was murdered.  He was a K-9 police officer in Bardstown, Kentucky.  He was ambushed on the way home from work early Saturday morning.  Today is the first day that Amy will see her husband before the...
From Bitter Providence to the Smile of Heaven

From Bitter Providence to the Smile of Heaven

Often death catches us by surprise, and then takes our breath away in the process.  Death can leave us feeling cold, exposed, fearful, angry, confused, and bitter.  Sometimes, death brings all of these emotions at once!  I still recall receiving the horrible phone...
It Is Well With My Soul

It Is Well With My Soul

This week has been an extremely draining week of ministry for me.  As a pastor, you are supposed to be ready to pray, preach, and comfort those who are gripped by the aftermath of death.  That’s really easier said than done.  This week, I have spent time in the...
The Hidden Smiling Face

The Hidden Smiling Face

Today is April 15th, otherwise known as “tax day” here in America, but to me it is a day that has greater significance.  Rather than remembering “Uncle Sam” I am filled with the memory of a man named William Harrell.  It was on this day in 2003...

Dealing with Death at Christmas

Today is the one year anniversary of my PawPaw’s death.  What a fast year it has been.  That means that one year ago yesterday was the last time I saw him alive and heard him speak.  Dealing with death at Christmas is often a challenge.  Christmas is about joy...