Update on Beth / “A Resurrection of Mission”

I recognize that most of my blogs recently have only been CIL service summaries with links to watch. These one-dimensional posts mainly resulted from the time I took off to be with Beth after she had a hysterectomy on April 11. She is recovering very well, and I am pleased about this. I hope to reengage with some writing as we move forward.

With this established, here are once again links to Sunday’s service. It was a blessing to teach after two weeks off. I love our church, and sharing God’s Word with such a great congregation is a privilege. Sunday’s message was titled a “Resurrection of Mission.”



John McKinzie and Scott Thomas – Two great Sundays at CIL!

I was very inspired by Pastor John McKinzie’s message at CIL Church on Sunday, April 23, 2022. He challenged me and the church to “steward the gift.” Such a timely message to our church as we enter a new season of Kingdom impact.

John has been my pastor and mentor since 1986!


I also want to acknowledge the excellent teaching of Scott Thomas on Sunday, April 16, 2023. Scott gave a tremendous sermon that pointed us to love Jesus and people more.


Enjoy and be blessed!

A Palm Sunday of Joy and Sorrow

On Palm Sunday, we had a mix of joy and sorrow. There was joy in our faith as we entered Holy Week but sorrow from a week of tragedy – the massacre at Covenant School in Nashville, the helicopters crash from Ft. Campbell, and the storms that took lives in Tennessee, especially in McNairy County. It was a horrific week. 

I am so thankful for Beth Allison’s ministry during worship as she ministered to us and presented congregational prayers that gave us words when we seemed speechless. 

We rejoiced with two young men baptized in water. So much good occurring amidst so much heaviness. 

I am thankful for my faith, church family, and a place to gather and process these emotions.

I shared a message titled “8 Reasons I Am Praying For CIL To Grow.” This message will give you insight into my heart for this church family and start the collective vision we will see from God.