Perseverance, the Mark of a Winner!

While a student at Samford over 35 years ago, my voice instructor (Dr. Paul Richardson) gave his freshman class an article that made a lasting impact on my life. The article was entitled: Perseverance, the Mark of a Winner. In the article the writer espoused how “talent” alone would not guarantee an individual’s success. Many talented people have not developed their art, nor learned how to properly use what they have been given, therefore wasting what God has entrusted to them. (i.e. Matthew … [Read more...]

Your Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

I was about 10 years old when I first heard about the Appalachian Trail.  My sister and I would spend every summer with my grandparents in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Often times we would picnic beside the trail. I have a picture of Nana and me standing beside one of the signs marking a trail crossing. My sister and I would hike a mile or so in and then have to return back to the picnic site. I always wanted to see what was around the next corner. Skip 40 years to when I started … [Read more...]

Uniquely Blessed

Lanelle and I feel uniquely blessed to be with you during this transition period. You have been so gracious to us. Thank you! Best Kept Church Secret In Montgomery I have known of EHBC since 1969 when Lanelle and I first came to Montgomery. I have known all of your pastors except the first one. Over these years, my impression of Eastern Hills has been very positive, but until I became the interim pastor I was not fully aware of the warmth, strength, and health of your church. You are a … [Read more...]

Lingering at Easter!

Sunday we celebrated the joyous Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Easter is the most holy of all Christian celebrations or holidays. However, I am afraid that for most of us, in the Baptist tradition, we have relegated it to one Sunday of the year; a very important Sunday but nevertheless a one day event. In other more liturgical traditions Easter is celebrated for 50 days beginning with Easter Sunday and ending with Pentecost Sunday (celebration of the coming of the Holy … [Read more...]

Easter Sunday!

I have always loved Easter. It has always meant family. I don’t remember going to church on Easter much as a child, but some pretty fun memories were made. Of course in Miami, it was always about 80 to 90 degrees in the spring. The ground was always soaking wet with morning dew. No one had yet to invent plastic eggs. I am sure that whoever thought of them lived in the subtropics and had a Basset Hound named Cleo that ate all the hidden Easter Eggs which had lost most of their color due to the … [Read more...]

A Note From Dan

It is hard to believe that Spring is already here. This year is passing so quickly. Spring is my favorite time of the year. Growing up in Florida it was a reminder that it would soon be warm enough to swim and more importantly school would soon be out for the summer. Now as a gardener it is a time to plant. I love to have things growing in my yard and garden. As I drive through the Forest Hills neighborhood there are many reminders of Spring. The dogwoods and the azaleas are beautiful and it is … [Read more...]

A Note From Dale

I KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN In my last article, I listed some possible names or titles people could call me. There was one I suggested I not be called. Remember? It begins with a d___. No, it’s not dummy. I do get called that but seldom to my face. The Sunday after the article three persons called me by that name but many more called me “The New Guy” – the heading of the article. One person called me “Rabbi,” which is an honorable title. It means “Teacher.” Several have started calling me … [Read more...]

It’s About The Journey

Since the first of the year, I have committed to make time for my morning walks. I had neglected these walks for some months, and eaten with abandon as the pounds multiplied. As the New Year began, I knew something had to change or I would be buying “another” wardrobe to keep up with my ever expanding waist line. This was not feasible as I already have at least four sizes in my closet or storage bins and can’t afford (monetarily nor physically) to “super-size” again! These walks are not only a … [Read more...]

Swimming With The Sharks

My Dad was a huge fisherman. We fished all the time. He loved to go lobstering. One time he took my brother and me to the Marquesas Islands (actually part of the Keys). It is 20 miles south of Key West. It’s not an easy place to get to because of 7 miles of open water where the Atlantic and Gulf mix called the Boca Grande Channel. The water around The Marquesas is relatively shallow and great for fishing and lobstering. My dad bought something called an “Aqua Buoy.” It was a gas powered … [Read more...]

A Note From Dale Huff

What To Call The New Guy Persons have asked “What should we call you?” Well, you can call me “Dale.” You can call me “L. Dale” – the way I sign my name. You can call me “Huff” but not “Huffy,” unless I am acting that way. You can call me “Preacher” or “Rev.” You can call me “Brother” as Chris Green did last Sunday. Just don’t call me “Dimples.” Privilege What a privilege it is for Lanelle and me to be with you during this transition time. The longer we are here the more impressed we … [Read more...]