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Growing is Giving

Last weekend in church, I reflected on our current stewardship campaign, “Building Community Through Sharing our Gifts.” What I didn’t share was my own journey of giving. In 2004, about the time I met Tammy, I was in the worst financial shape of my life. I was divorced, bankrupt, and basically unable to pay my…

Getting Better

My wife, Tammy, has recently claimed her eyesight is somehow improving. I told her I’d believe it when I see the test results from the ophthalmologist. Generally speaking, time is not kind to human beings. As an old friend of mine used to say, “Getting old is not for sissies.” But there is good news!…

Showing Up for God

When I was growing up, there was never a question about whether or not my family was going to church on Sunday morning – just like there was never a question about taking a bath on Saturday night. Saturday night baths were mandatory. Of course, I didn’t always want to get out of bed on…

One Church!

Occasionally, I hear someone lament the fact that we have four services every weekend at FCC. “It’s a shame that we can’t all be together at the same time…” My response to that is always twofold: First, having multiple services creates multiple opportunities for people to gather every weekend for worship. The reality is that…

Picking Your Friends

As some great philosopher once said, “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose – but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” I suppose that depends on the friend… But the truth remains, we do get to choose our companions in life. Something I often find myself saying to folks who are…

Old Friends

I’m writing my Last Word this week from a little lake cottage in Ohio that Tammy and I found on Airbnb. A Brethren seminary professor and her husband use the cottage for vacations and rent it out to travelers like us the rest of the time. It’s beautiful and actually cheaper than a budget motel.…

Following Jesus

Last night, at the First Christian vs. First Christian softball extravaganza, our team t-shirts caught my attention. They say, “First Christian Followers.” In almost any other setting, being a follower is not considered a good thing. We hope our children grow up to be leaders, not followers. We like to think of ourselves as being…

General Assembly

In a few days, Pastor Brian and I will be headed to Indianapolis for the biennial General Assembly of the Christian Church. The General Assembly is always fun and engaging. The worship is amazing, with four to five thousand gathering for worship every night (the music and preaching alone are worth the price of admission).…

Spring Cleaning

A few years ago, I heard about a woman who created a business for herself “de-clutterizing” the homes of clients whose clutter quotient had gotten out of control. I could relate. Have YOU ever felt like there was so much stuff stuffed in your house that they might just find you buried in it all…

Let’s Make the Church!

This week our church is participating in United Vacation Bible School. It’s a great time for fun, learning, and growing together in faith and love. One of my favorite UVBS stories is about a little boy who joined his new class halfway through the week. The teacher noticed right away that he was missing one…