Articles

    The Days Of Small Beginnings
    06.15.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

    Last Sunday I was in Greeneville, Tennessee preaching and celebrating Holy Eucharist at a church. There were six persons present and I was very excited and gratified to be with them. Why was I excited and gratified? Because a year ago there was...

      Atlanta Councilman CarJacked
      06.08.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

      An Atlanta City Councilman, while meeting with community leaders, according to WSB-TV, had his car stolen from, almost literally, under his nose. Antonio Brown is in the running for the mayor’s office in Atlanta, and the crime rate is a...

        Where's My Hover Board?
        06.02.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

        It was the spring of 1968, Steve Duncan and I had just been to seen the sci-fi movie, “2001 – A Space Odyssey.” I was 17 and Steve would turn 17 in June. We were both finishing up our junior year at Kingsport, Tennessee’s...

          A Word About The Class Of 2021
          05.25.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

          By the end of the month, half of our grandchildren will have graduated from high school. It was over 26 years ago that our first grandchild was born. My wife and I had three boys. My father was one of eight children with six of them being boys...

            Generations and Life Expectancy
            05.18.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

            Thanks to increased longevity and medical science, we now have five living generations on my wife’s side of the family. Once upon a time, not so long ago, life spans were much shorter. In 1949, life expectancy for males was 65.2 and 70.7...

              An Essay And A Flower
              05.11.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

              “How did you get started in writing? Were you an English major?” The question came from a young person a few years ago. I don’t know that I consider myself a writer, although I have penned a weekly opinion column for over 24...

                Winners and Losers
                05.05.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

                There are winners and losers, according to the most recent census reports. The congressional representation for the House of Representatives is based on population and that population is determined by the U. S. Census. CNN has reported that...

                  Meek vs. Weak
                  04.28.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

                  Over the years, I have consistently received a certain type of criticism. Not that it is the only category of criticism that has come my way—but this particular one has been a regular occurrence throughout the years. The origin of it is...

                    A Positive Benefit of Aging
                    04.20.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

                    I have recently entered a new phase of my life. My wife and I are great-grandparents. I can no longer fool myself into believing that I am in “late middle-age.” Someone once said that, “60 is the new 40.” Well, I am a...

                      Change is Hard
                      04.13.21 | Diocesan | by Bishop David Epps

                       read someone once that, after a pastor has been in a church for five years, 15% of the congregation are ready for a change. It’s nothing personal, and these folks may actually love their pastor. However, that 15% of the people tend to...

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