Shine Like Stars: Young People and the 2016 Election

img_5863Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world.” – Philippians 2:14-15 

A few years ago, I started hosting “Parties at the Parsonage with the Pastor,” or PPP’s, as they have come to be known. The PPP’s were informal gatherings for members of my church the week before Christmas. Everyone was invited to drop by for a bowl of chili and light conversation! Continue reading

Disciplinary Discipleship

Matthew 18:15 – “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.”

Disciplinary 1The message for Sunday, Disciplinary Discipleship, dealt with an uncomfortable teaching of Jesus Christ, which responds to our question, how should the community of faith should address sin (and the sinner) within the community? Continue reading

Known By God

img_5850“Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God…” – Galatians 4:9a

Have you ever wondered if you really matter?

Have you ever questioned the value of your life?

Have you ever searched for evidence that your existence holds meaning? Continue reading

Worried & Distracted

Worried & Distracted

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and distracted about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” -Luke‬ ‭10:41-42‬ ‭

Jesus observes Martha as worried and distracted by her many tasks. She has welcomed Jesus and his disciples into her home. She has responsibilities as the hostess. Preparing a meal and offering a table for Jesus and his disciples is the customary practice. Her daily affairs become her preoccupation. These  simple tasks become a source of worry and, ultimately, she is distracted from the only thing that matters. Continue reading

Words of Grace, Part Six

img_5820Words are powerful, because words influence.

Words have the power to break people down; and, words have the power the power to build people up.

More importantly, words have the ability to convey the grace of God! Our words can bear witness to the love of God that has been poured into our hearts! Continue reading

Words of Grace, Part Five – Grace for Our Neighbor

fontcandyJesus encounters Matthew sitting at a tax booth in Capernaum. He calls out to Matthew, “Follow me!”

How does this invitation to discipleship differ from the invitation Jesus extends to the earliest disciples? Continue reading