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Pastor Letter: September 2, 2020

Dear Buck Run Family: Every time I think of you, the overwhelming thought and emotion I experience is a profound sense of gratitude. Your determination to honor the Lord, to stay connected as a church, to support the mission, and to love one another keeps me going. The challenges of the past few months have […]

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Pastor Letter: June 10, 2020

  Dear Buck Run Family: In sixteen years of being your pastor, I thought I knew you. I thought I had seen every wonderful thing about you, and you had no more layers of greatness yet undiscovered. I thought I had peeled all the layers of the onion. Then the global pandemic we know as […]

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Pastor Letter: May 28, 2020

Dear Buck Run Family, It sure was good to see many of you last Sunday, and I look forward to seeing even more of you this week. It certainly is different worshiping in three services instead of all together in one, but for those of us who are able to get out, it certainly is […]

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Music and Truth

  For ten Sundays I have looked across a nearly empty sanctuary and sung into a camera lens 75 feet away. This would be awkward even if it were a TV studio. But knowing what I know, and singing what I sing, it’s beyond awkward. It’s painful. I know that all those empty seats are […]

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Being Thankful During Times Like These

On March 8, Joan and I were having a great Sunday afternoon traveling back from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee having experienced a wonderful marriage retreat with many of our Buck Run family. In all our reflection and conversation, little did we realized the changes that were about to take place in our lives and the world […]

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10 Ways to Grow During COVID-19

Many of us are in a very different rhythm of life than we could have ever imagined a few months ago. Some have found themselves working a significant amount more, struggling to make intentional time to invest in family, community, and if we’re honest, the Lord. Others have been working primarily from home, a task […]

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Sorrow and Glory

Dear Buck Run Family: My heart is full and overflowing after our very special Easter weekend. It was so uplifting, so encouraging, and so productive—may we never have another one like it! Like so many things in life, we would not choose this, nor would we want to go through it again, yet we can […]

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Preparing for the Triduum

Dear Buck Run Family, I hope that you are having a wonderful week commemorating what Jesus did in order to accomplish our salvation through His death, burial, and resurrection. Though this will perhaps be the strangest Easter of our lifetimes, I have no doubt that the Lord will use it to remind us of the […]

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Pastor Letter: April 1, 2020

Buck Run Family, As we trudge into another month of the pandemic, many things in our culture that used to be prominent are now fading into the background. No one is tracking movie revenues and ticket sales because theaters are closed. Celebrity gossip is on standby because the celebrities are holed up like the rest […]

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Pastor Letter: March 25, 2020

Buck Run Family, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” Psalm 24:1-2 For many of us, the last few days have been unsettling and uncomfortable, to say the least. Nearly every aspect […]

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