God is With Us. Like, Really: An Advent Letter to West Franklin

God is With Us. Like, Really: An Advent Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, I’ve been spending a lot of time recently in John 17. The entire chapter is a prayer by Jesus. He prays for Himself (vs. 1-5). He prays for the 12 disciples (vs. 6-19). And, believe it or not, He prays for us (vs. 20-26). His prayer for us...
Nasty Wafer, Beautiful Reality: An Advent Letter to West Franklin

Nasty Wafer, Beautiful Reality: An Advent Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, Tomorrow morning, Lord willing, I am going to lead us in a time to observe the Lord’s Supper. Communion. Bread and Juice. Body and Blood. Remember. For most of you, preparations will need to be made ahead of time in order to partake at...
Bah Humbug: An Advent Letter to West Franklin

Bah Humbug: An Advent Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day?” (Psalm 13:1-2) It’s getting to where I am afraid to answer...
Too Early For Christmas? A Letter to West Franklin

Too Early For Christmas? A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, If you are anything like me, Christmas can’t get here fast enough. Not so much because I think time with friends and family will be normal (they won’t). And not so much because I think I will open tons of presents (I can only hope). I...
What’s Next? A Letter to West Franklin

What’s Next? A Letter to West Franklin

West Franklin Family, It is so good to type these words again. Believe it or not, one of the most difficult things about sabbatical is not communicating with you. I longed to write. I so wanted to call and get updates. I wanted to text and ask how you were doing. But...