Posts from July 2021

Help Me

As you pass my office door do not see all the artwork as clutter. These are valued kids’ creations that I have come to cherish through the years. These are the masterpieces of our little ones here at Poplar Springs that I have plastered and hidden throughout my workspace. They remind me each day how wise, caring, and loving our children can be, not to mention how fun they are. As I did last week, I will try to preserve…

It’s God’s Church

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday mornings is to go visit our Poplar Springs Sunday School classes. It has been a long time since last Sunday or Wednesday and I miss the family. This past Sunday I stopped in to harass the kids in Anna Hunt and Jeannie Price’s class. In my discussion with one of the young members of the class, I was gently corrected by her. I will not use the last name to avoid…

Proud To Be Called Bucolic

What a joy it is to live in rural, small-town America! The city is ok and I love certain cities. I have discovered that Winston-Salem is about as urban as I get. This is the case because it has been identified by some as too rural. In fact, a couple of years ago a major corporation left Winston because, as they described it – it was too “bucolic.” I was concerned when I heard this criticism of my city. I…

When There’s Fire… Everybody Grabs a Bucket

My dear friend, Steve Austin, used to say when we worked together at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church many years ago, “When there’s a fire everybody grabs a bucket!” The gist of his comment has been a part of my approach to teamwork since Steve made this very timely statement. It means if you and your team, your coworkers, your friends, or your church are in a pinch, everybody pitches in to deal with the situation. I have offered the aforementioned…