Running As Prayer: Racing for the Nations

This weekend had special meaning in my training for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. I’m only two weeks away from toeing the starting line at the Clinch Ave. Bridge at the World’s Fair Park. By the grace of God, I haven’t had major injuries in my training and–thanks be to God–I’ve begun the tapering process.…

Hill Running

Running As Prayer: Surviving These Everlasting Hills

Yesterday I reached two milestones in my marathon training. One, I completed my first full month of training and experienced improvement without injury. Two, I had my hardest workout of this training cycle: an extended (and brutal) run through a series of steep and long hills. The words ‘hill workout’ on a training plan can…

Running As Prayer: Eyes on the Prize

With a new year, I’m aspiring to a new goal–complete a marathon. I was able to complete my first half-marathon last October and it was one of the best experiences in my adult life. About a month after recovery running, I set my sights on the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Barring major injury (no small…

Pastoral Letter Regarding the 2016 Election

I sent the following letter to the members and friends of Apostles Anglican Church. Dear Apostles Family, I greet you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the same ‘yesterday, today, and forever’ (Hebrews 13.8). Our contentious presidential election is over. Political power has changed in the United States, but nothing has changed regarding…