We, as Christians, bear the responsibility of taking great care in reading and understanding God’s Word, and an even greater responsibility in applying it in our choices, decisions, and actions.Read more "In Context"
Bungee jumping and following Jesus – both risky endeavors that involve taking one decisive step.
And it could be a step too far.
While God’s victory over death is cause for every person to rejoice, Easter morning’s Hallelujahs ring a little more exuberantly and the empty tomb glows a little brighter when we have made the journey to the cross with Jesus and shared in the anguish of his first followers, for we need each of the seven days to make up our Holy Week.Read more "A Holy Week"
While we should always strive to tell the truth, at the very least we cannot deceive ourselves into thinking that any lie is okay.Read more "White Lies"
One week ago my congregation gathered in the sanctuary as we began the season of Lent by receiving the imposition of the ashes. Only a few hours before the worship service, news of the horrible event in Parkland, FL started to reverberate in our hallways. Over the past several days, we have learned a lot […]Read more "And a child shall lead them…"
Like Jacob, who limped away from his encounter with God, we discover during the season of Lent that we bear the marks of sin, the marks of repentance, and the marks of forgiveness. As we are marked by ashes, we will hear once again that we finite and frail, destined to become again the dust from which we were formed. As we are marked by ashes, we will remember once again our Savior who bore our infirmities on the cross. As we are marked by ashes, we will affirm our hope in the promise of God’s grace and mercy that leads us to eternal life.Read more "Marked: Ash Wednesday Homily, 2018"
What scares you? That is the question I posed to 140 preschoolers one morning. For the 3, 4, and 5 year olds in the sanctuary, the answers were variable and expected: the dark, monsters, spiders, being alone, vegetables. Many adults might share a couple of those fears (I even know some who are scared of […]Read more "Are you afraid?"
Our definition of perfection has become skewed. Perfection, as Jesus means it, is fully becoming the person God created you to be, something we can never give up trying to become.Read more "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Holy Perfection"
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to have the distinction of being the greatest at something? Muhammed Ali claimed to be the greatest, period. Roger Federer and Serena Williams have been declared the greatest tennis players of all time. Many people consider William Shakespeare to be the greatest writer, Mozart to be […]Read more "The Greatest"
Jesus teaches his followers about those who are happy and blessed. We might not be so eager to follow in their footsteps, even if it is the only way to experience true joy.Read more "A Blessed Life"