KnoxPriest Posts

Hello again, my friend. If you’re reading these words, you definitely qualify as a committed reader of my blog. It’s been exactly 1,114 days since I last posted an article on KnoxPriest. I’m grateful to have you back. It’s good to be writing in this space again. So what happened? Why did KnoxPriest go dark for well over 1,000 days? Simply this: hosting a blog ain’t cheap. I also thought it would be simple to…

Why does it seem that every new autumn is shorter than the last? The distance between summer’s end and the advent of winter narrows as one ages. It’s a difficult reality because for many, myself included, autumn is their favorite season of the year. The first stretch of chilly nights brings relief from the summer heat. The cool relief in the created world mirrors the hope of relief in our inner worlds, a season of…

In my final year of seminary, I served as a pastoral intern at a wonderful nonprofit organization called Greensboro Urban Ministry. Every Monday and Wednesday I would drive from Durham to Greensboro to serve as a student chaplain for homeless individuals and low-income families. My job description was brief and straightforward: lead a chapel service at noon and be available for any pastoral needs that may arise. I was excited to lead worship, but thoroughly…

In my life, retreats have been important to break away from the busyness and noise of my suburban world. But taking a full weekend away is difficult to schedule, which means that I have to find places of retreat near my house. Having learned the need for solitude in my life, I’ve assembled a mental map of quiet places to pray in Knoxville and East Tennessee. I’ve grouped these places according to driving distances, depending…