A Theology of Whole Hog Barbecue

I’m pretty sure I learned more about church at a barbecue pit than I did at seminary.   When I was 12 years old my father, also a United Methodist minister, was appointed to Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. It was probably the best thing that happened to my family when I was […]

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Teach the Children Well

“Dad, it’s really quiet out here. I love it when it’s quiet. I don’t like noisy places.”   My five-year-old daughter is just like me. She doesn’t like noise. She doesn’t like crowds. She doesn’t like to hustle and bustle. She likes to get away, to a quiet place, a place where she can think, […]

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Why Dad Does Hair

“Oh my goodness, your hair is so pretty! Did Mommy do that?”   “No. Daddy did it.”   I swell up every time.   “Who did your hair this morning?”   “Dad. He’s the hair guy.”   You bet I am.   “Is your hair shaped like a heart?”   “It’s a heart braid. Daddy […]

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Recipe: Chicken Stock

Whenever I make things like chicken soup or stew, I always start with a whole chicken, and use the broth made from cooking the chicken as the base for my soup/stew. However, any other time I’ve cooked a recipe that calls for chicken broth or stock, I’ve used store bought. In an effort to be […]

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