July 16, 2014

ASL SERMON – Leave Your Nets Behind

Sermon Title: "Leave Your Nets Behind"
Scripture Passage: Luke 5:1-11
Sermon voice-interpreted in English

This message was preached on July 13, 2014 at
Deaf Fellowship at Frederick Church of the Brethren.

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June 12, 2014

Summer 2014 Prayer Update

What has God accomplished in my life, and what will He do with in the next few months? Read my summer prayer update letter to find out!

May 28, 2014

Requiem in Pacem, Dr. Maya Angelou

“I believe that each of us comes from the Creator
trailing wisps of glory.”
(Mary Angelou, after her 65th birthday)

Influential author, teacher, newspaper editor, poet, educator, civil rights activist, film director and actress Maya Angelou died at 86 years old today in Winston-Salem, N.C. From humble beginnings in rural Arkansas as a teen high school dropout and a single mom, Maya Angelou rose to international fame after the publication of her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and became one of the most influential and beloved and renowned writers and poets of her generation.

February 11, 2014

How Ought I Respond to a Christian-Turned-Atheist?

On Friday night, Justin Vollmar, a self-proclaimed preacher of the “Virtual Deaf Church” Facebook group, released a sub-titled video blog (“vlog”) declaring his departure from Christianity to Atheism. As he explained in the vlog, it marked the “culmination of four long years struggling with contradictions in the Bible and with Christianity.” He blatantly rejected the cardinal doctrines of Christianity (i.e., the Trinity, Jesus as the Son of God, the authority and veracity of the Scriptures, &c.). Near the end, he has declared his intent to create additional videos to attack Christian doctrines so that people can be freed from “the shackles of religion,” as some Atheists might describe it. He also joined the Clergy Project, a support group for 556-plus active and former professional clergy/religious leaders who have renounced Christianity.

January 30, 2014

The Perfect (Snow) Storm: Birmingham Gridlock Explained

20140128_122201I was stuck at Beeson Divinity School Tuesday night because a rare snowstorm passed through the Birmingham region and shut down a significant portion of Alabama and Georgia. Now dubbed by some as the “Birmingham Gridlock” and (somewhat humorously) “snow apocalypse,” it was a relatively minor system that only served to reinforce the stereotypical view that Northerners had about the Southerners. As someone who has lived in the North for most of his life (Maryland, to be specific), I decided to chronicle exactly what transpired and why the entire city was paralyzed by it. Why? So that you not only understand exactly what happened but also to shine light on the plight some people have experienced since Tuesday night.

Also, I have prepared a five-minute video clip at the bottom of this post, and I hope you will enjoy it!

January 29, 2014

Beeson "Lock-In" and Birmingham Gridlock

Traffic jam on I-65
About 50 students, faculty, and staff members are stranded in Beeson Divinity School since last night, in addition to countless people from Samford University. We were ordered to stay where we are and we have no idea when we can go home, but I am fine and everyone on campus is fine. However, it's a nightmare throughout Birmingham right now...

January 21, 2014

10 Best Places in Alabama

Alabama's State Flag
I am a Yankee boy, and I have a confession: I still love the North and nothing will change it! Since that was the case, my perception on the South – especially the Deep South – consisted of fried chicken, grits loaded with butter and cheese, Confederate flags flying everywhere, and hoards of rednecks driving beat-up pick-up trucks covered with Confederate flags and hunting stickers. Oh, you can't forget its state sport too: college football!