The title gives it away: I’m new and have to introduce myself. I’m Gray Southern, the new Capital District Superintendent. Actually, I’m Harvey Gray Southern but “Harvey” is a name I rarely use; it was my father’s, and its use always makes me wait a moment for him to answer. That fact is something that… Continue Reading→
It goes without saying that this particular message has turned out to be the hardest to write. My emotions are all over the place right now, but I do know this one thing. My election as a Bishop was a God thing. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord… Continue Reading→
“Go therefore,” and make an IMPACT in the name of Jesus Christ; transform the world!
Yes Lord. But how? We are weary of all the division and polarization that has us locked and paralyzed in a “dry and weary land where there is no water.”
If It Were Holy!
God is holy, but what exactly does the word “holy” mean? What does the Bible define as holy? The Hebrew word for holy is “godesh” and means “apartness, set-apartness, sacredness.” In the New Testament, the word for holy is “hagios” and means set apart, reverent, sacred, and worthy of veneration.
“Lord, prepare me.” It is one of those contagious songs that once it is in your head, you can’t stop singing it. All it takes is the simple hum of its melody and you are hooked, even if like me, you can’t carry a tune in the proverbial “bucket.” I can’t help it. I hear… Continue Reading→
“Peace Be With You.” John 20:21 I remember the birthday surprises my wife, Priscilla, would take joy in pulling off without my knowledge. Every March 29, she’d come up with something new to celebrate my birthday, but when it came to celebrating her birthday, June 20, she’d drive us crazy. It was like this with… Continue Reading→
It happens every year without fail when spring and warmer weather is in the air or on the horizon. I begin to reminisce like crazy.It happens every year without fail when spring and warmer weather is in the air or on the horizon. I begin to reminisce like crazy.Continue Reading→
All The Light We Cannot See I very seldom buy hard-cover novels, choosing to wait until they come out in cheaper paperback version. I know some will say, “Why buy a novel at all! Why not join the rest of civilization and purchase it on a tablet, I-pad or e-reader?” I am probably just old… Continue Reading→
Let It Go To be quite confessional, Lent is not an easy season for me because looking into the darkness of my soul is not always my cup of tea. It can be downright frightening. Yet here is Lent, inviting me to die to so many things that are often hard to let go of. However, there… Continue Reading→