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Byron Wade
Raleigh, NC
PC(USA) Teaching Elder, SoCal native, father, husband and all-around easy going guy who is trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents.
Interests: spending time with family, reading, football, traveling
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[Photo: Steve Jones] Today is Mother's Day. I know it because if nothing else people have shared their feelings about this day on their Facebook posts starting earlier in the week. We all know there will be a run on roses at the local florist, restaurant reservations will be in... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at The Word from B
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[Photo: Bruce Reyes-Chow] “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer I know, I know. It has been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at The Word from B
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(Photo: Montreat) "Encountering God through relationships, renewal, recreation and rest." - Montreat Conference Center Mission Statement If you have been in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) for any length of time (especially here in the Carolinas/Southeast), invariably you will hear about Montreat Conference Center. For many it is described as a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at The Word from B
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[Photo: Alexander Synaptic] Have you heard of the familiar term, "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel" before? It usually means the end of a difficult situation or task, the solution to a difficult problem. Most of us in the working world also view this saying... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at The Word from B
[Photo: Felt App on Twitter] It has been a long time since my last post! I know that I am a little late on acknowledging Father's Day. You will have to excuse me for my son and I were on a flight back home to Raleigh that Sunday after a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The Word from B
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Early this morning (Sunday, July 24) at 3:31 a.m. the bus carrying the Presbytery of New Hope delegation of youth and adults returned home from a long ride from the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University (PYT) in West Lafayette, IN. For those of you who are unfamiliar with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at The Word from B
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Whenever something terrible happens the first thing most of us justice-minded people do is look for a place where people can gather in response, whether it is a worship service/vigil, an open space to talk or to hear the stories of others to provide some sense of comfort in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at The Word from B
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[Photo: WRAL] Today it hit close to home. Shortly after noon, a young black man, 24 year-old Akiel Denkins, was shot and killed by a City of Raleigh Police officer. As the story was reported by WRAL-TV, Jenkins, who was wanted on a felony drug charge and was approached ,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at The Word from B
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[Photo: U.S. National Archives] Tomorrow all across the nation people will celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. People will celebrate differently. Some churches will take their youth on a ski trip. Others will spend the day at home thankful for another day of rest. People will go shopping;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at The Word from B
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[Photo: Huewire] There are two things you need to know about me: 1) I am a huge "E" on the Myers-Briggs scale which means most of the time I speak before I think; and 2) I am a pretty easygoing guy. Not a lot gets under my skin. Until this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at The Word from B
I said I would make some changes in my life in 2016. I began a few days ago when I posted on Facebook about making the change from keeping all of my appointments and reminders in an annual little black appointment book to using Google Calendar. It all started a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at The Word from B
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Happy New Year to all of you! I hope that you all had a wonderful and blessed holiday season and looking forward to what 2016 will bring. Hopefully it will be better than 2015! Speaking of 2016, I will be returning to blogging. I have not posted anything since June... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at The Word from B
https://upsemdevotions.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/wednesday-december-2/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at The Word from B
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[Photo: One Way Stock] Doing ministry in today's world truly gives one a multiplicity of ministry opportunities, especially in light of the changes of what we know as "church" today. But sometimes I wonder if EVERYTHING is really an opportunity. Let me share a current situation - our congregation and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at The Word from B
[Picture outside my home on Tuesday morning, February 17] I thought we were going to go without any inclement weather this year. All through late December, January and mid-February I was curiously and joyously happy that no snow or ice had fallen and dreams of having the possibility of having... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Word from B
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[Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives] By the time you read this it will be Monday, January 19, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. Many people across the nation and the world will attend festivities that celebrate his life and acheivements in their local areas. Some churches started it off today... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Word from B
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[Photo: Techbeasts} Well, I want to wish you all a happy and blessed new year!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends - and you did not eat too much! ;-) We'd better enjoy because for the majority of people, Monday will be back to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at The Word from B
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A post on "reinventing' yourself in a long-term pastorate Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at The Word from B
How to take care of pastors who are in pastoral ministry. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at The Word from B
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The importance of Pastors/Church staff and taking vacations Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at The Word from B
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[Photo: Ryan Glover] Recently I read the blog post by Chad Bird entitled Please Don't Say These Six Things at My Funeral, which was circulating on Facebook last week. There is no doubt that for all of us (and particularly for those like me at 50 years old and above)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The Word from B
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[Photo: Sticks and Snakes] It seems to me that as of late there are a lot of posts - particularly from pastors - about what people learned (or did not learn) in seminary. Recently I was reading the article 5 Things I Learned in Seminary by Randall Hardeman on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The Word from B
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[Photo: thefrontporch.org] I am sure many of you know (or have at least heard) the church's obsession with marketing, research and statistics of those who are in the Millennial generation (those born between 1981-2000). As all of us are already aware, this generation is one of the most tech-savvy, highly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The Word from B
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It was a week ago today that the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) ended and I returned home to Raleigh. It was an eventful week as General Assemblies always seem to be - seeing old friends you have not seen in a while; meeting new people; taking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at The Word from B
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My latest gathering with a group of clergy friends in Monterey, CA Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at The Word from B