What Are We Thinking?

What Are We Thinking?

God’s Big Brotherhood

Tragedy often gives us pause to reflect.  Today, having attended the funeral of local police officer, I want to direct some thought to the good I saw standing around the whole scene… I look out over a sea of blue and black – the dress uniforms of policeman gathered by the hundreds to show solidarity with one who has fallen in the line of duty.  They are from a…

Living In The City

Simpler times often sound desirable.  It used to be easier to get on an airplane, to secure your identity, to make a business deal, to cover medical costs, to use the correct pronoun.  Of course, in simpler times, when you had certain physical issues, you simply died.  You also simply waited until you met up with someone or they received your letter, because you couldn’t…

The alarm sounds – and the winner is…

This morning, when the alarm went off, it took a moment for the body parts to decide they were ready to get moving.  They were presenting me with multiple reasons to remain still.  It was an interesting conversation.  But fortunately, I am part of something bigger than just the way my body was…

Are they taking note?

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.  – Acts 4:13 You have been influenced by the people around you.  For good or for bad, you can’t avoid that your life is going to be impacted by others.  This happens in a variety of places. …

Summer wind down, I mean wind up!

Hello church, Summer is an interesting time in the life of most churches. For some, things wind down a bit. Most of our small groups are meeting less frequently. Energize is on summer break. Other ministries, like our student ministry, is winding up. Have you all seen the calendar of events that they have coming up? It’s going to be a great summer for them! Despite…

Either Get Real or Take the Ferry

Elisha had been a faithful protégé and mentee to Elijah.  Clearly, the faithful prophet had impacted Elisha deeply.  The thought that his teacher and role model would be taken away was hard to accept.  The account in 2 Kings 2 makes it seem like Elijah is trying to ease the pain of his departure.  “Stay here.  The Lord has sent me to Bethel.”  “Stay here.  The Lord has…

It’s About to Get Cold in Here!

VBS 2017, Operation Artic, is only a few short weeks away! Grab your parka and snow boots and get ready to explore! The Arctic Circle is a fascinating region like no other in the world. But what I’m most excited about, is the fascinating Book we are going to explore, THE BIBLE! We will build on the following BIBLE acronym each day: B = Book of Books – The first day,…

Disciples Who Make Disciples

Intentionally reaching the next generation and making them into disciples who make disciples.  Is it what God wants His Church to do?  Is it biblical in its origin?  Does it reflect the spirit of Jesus’ work?  Does it allow room for every person to be involved?  Does it point us in a direction that meets the needs of our specific situation?  Can it be measured?  Does it…
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