Best Practices for Organizational Social Media

UKirk UTK has one of the most far-reaching Instagram pages in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a primary means of communication used to tell the many stories of life and ministry to our followers. We believe that if we are doing something well, it’s important to share and equip others with resources to do[…]

Shining Light in the Darkness: Searching for Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

Two weeks ago today, a fire started in the Smoky Mountain National Park spread furiously into the City of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas of Sevier County, Tennessee. Thousands of acres burned, homes and businesses were destroyed and 14 people died as a result of this tragedy. While travesties of this nature are not restricted[…]

In Defense of “Safe Spaces”

  “Safe Spaces”, chances are that you have heard this term before, maybe in an article, or on television, or just in regular conversation. I would also wager a bet that the context you heard this term was a less than positive context. I have heard it many times in reference to “millennials” and the[…]

Politics, poker, and the Lord’s table: Love’s amazing power to unify

I don’t like politics. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the opportunity afforded me to vote, I don’t like politics, mainly, because I don’t like to know what people think about issues that are divisive and polarizing. As grateful as I am to have the privilege to add my voice to the governing of the[…]

Their Blood Cries Out

A lot of folks ask me about my tattoos and I’m happy to share the meanings behind them. If you know someone with tattoos, it’s definitely appropriate to ask about their tattoos. I mean, I didn’t just accidentally get a half-sleeve on my left arm. One of my major tattoos is a bit odd. The[…]