Leaning in to Joy

Leaning in to Joy

Scripture: Luke 1:39-45 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled...
Experiencing Peace

Experiencing Peace

Scripture: Micah 4 and 5, select verses In the days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against...
Trusting in Hope

Trusting in Hope

Jeremiah 33:14-16: The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and...
Preparing for Christmas…More than Shopping

Preparing for Christmas…More than Shopping

The holiday season seems to have digressed into a time of shopping, taking pictures at the mall, and spending way more money than many people have! This is not unique to the Christian faith, but to most of the United States and Canada, regardless of religious belief....
Adopted

Adopted

Last week, two of our closest friends adopted a little girl. They have been blogging about their experience of adoption with great authenticity from the highs to the lows, and everything in between. It has been fun to watched their family form with a new member added...
All in Time

All in Time

All in Time I once heard a joke that went something like this… “A man was taking it easy, lying on the grass and looking up at the clouds.  He was identifying shapes when he decided to talk to God.  “God,” he said, “how long is a million years?” God answered, “In my...
Writings From the Pastor of Pastors

Writings From the Pastor of Pastors

The man called the pastor of pastors, the writer of innumerable books, translator of The Message, and most notably a follower of Jesus, Eugene Peterson, passed away this week. He leaves behind many grieving and many rejoicing at his life and his legacy. Though I did...
Part II: The Mission of the Church

Part II: The Mission of the Church

Last week, I asked the question: is the church obsolete? If you didn’t read it, I hope you can deduce from my previous posts that I don’t think the church is obsolete. But there is a big gap for some churches in their ability to reach people in 2018 while faithfully...
Is the Church Obsolete? Part I

Is the Church Obsolete? Part I

Have you ever heard someone say any of the following, “I don’t go to church because I wouldn’t be accepted there”? Or perhaps, “Why would I join the church? They are basically just a country club for the religious!” Maybe you have said, “I tried out church, went a few...