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Jesus for President

I read a blog from a Texas pastor the other day who explained his reason for not promoting a particular political party or candidate as a pastor. He said, “I have concluded, that I am fundamentally more a Christian than I am either a Republican or a Democrat, and who Jesus Christ is and what…

Auld Lang Syne

As Christmas fades into the New Year, we look ahead to the year to come, and we look back on the year behind us. We look back on memories made, friends gained, and loved ones we’ve lost. Each New Year’s Eve, as the ball drops we hear that old song “should old acquaintance be forgot…”…

Hallelujah!

This week at our Children’s moment for 11:11 worship, we had 20 kids come up. What!? 20 kids. For real. God is at work and I love it. Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s gonna happen up there for children’s moment until we get there, and a kid raises his hand and wants to share…

Curriculum in Christlikeness

This year our young adult Wednesday gathering group is doing a study together that is called a “Curriculum in Christlikeness.” I’m really excited about the possibilities for Christian growth among this fine group of Christians, and I feel like I already see some signs! In the midst of the busyness of our lives, and all…

Behind the Scenes from the Staff

The week before last, I was excited to be able to attend the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It was a blessing in more ways than one! I was able to see seminary colleagues, wonderful people from the various churches I’ve been a part of throughout my life, I even got to chat with the director of my…

Behind the Scenes from the Staff

In our scripture this week of Pentecost, from Acts 2:17 God declares, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Through the power of God’s Spirit among the people, young and old alike are having visions and dreaming dreams.…

Behind the Scenes from the Staff

I’ve so enjoyed our time throughout this Lenten season being in our class of young adults during the process of discovering each of our SHAPE’s for ministry. Everyone is gifted uniquely by the Spirit, everyone has different passions, abilities, personalities and experiences. And it’s beautiful to see how God’s people may be used in different ways in our world, each according to…

Why we sing…

I’m not sure if you ever wonder, but if you do wonder why we sing in church, one answer is that it’s good for us. I don’t see God as one who sits on a throne waiting to be praised, though I do see God as one who deserves to be thanked and praised. I spoke last week, in part, about how…

Why It Matters…

When my wife and I were youth pastors in Texas we took a mission trip to work in the heart of the city of Houston. Our mission group leader was a great guy, with one quirky catchphrase. He would always tell us to really pay attention in the interactions we have throughout the day with all those we encounter because we may…

Our First “Gathering”…

This week we began our first “Gathering” of 20, 30, 40 somethings! We read together Acts 2 which spoke to early Christians about the purpose of gathering in community and Hebrews 10:24-25 which says “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together.” The question “Can I be a Christian without…