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All In

This past weekend, I preached on living a life that is “all-in.” I then went home and discovered an illustration in a strange place – my downstairs bathroom. The problem was a leaky shut-off valve to the cold water on my bathroom sink. It turned out to be an easy fix. When the valve is…

Aimless Love

This year, the season of Lent begins on Valentine’s Day and ends on Easter Sunday – which happens to fall on April Fool’s Day. I think God has a sense of humor! On Ash Wednesday, we remember our weakness and mortality. But we also remember God’s amazing love for us. Therefore, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s…

First Impressions

Hello again everyone! I have now been on staff at the church for more than 3 months. To be perfectly honest, it has been a little challenging learning the accounting software and how the money flows through the various accounts given all the services and ministries the church provides. What has not been challenging is…

The Purpose of Church

January is apparently a popular time for pastors to get together for continuing education and mutual support. This year, I was able to attend two events: the Minister’s Institute, sponsored by our region at the Conference Center, and the Senior Minister’s Conference, put on by the Christian Church Foundation. As always, I come away from…

Salt + Light

This year’s theme for the Midwinter Youth Retreats is Salt + Light. Youth will be spending a weekend on Holy Ground at the Christian Conference Center in Newton with their Spiritual retreat group in February. There will be time for large group activities, games, salt and light science experiments and family group learning time to…

Lenten Study

For the past two years, I’ve spent time with some of the young people of our church who are thinking about baptism and church membership. It’s a big decision and I want them to understand what it means to make their confession of faith and be baptized into a life of following Jesus. Since I…

Taming the Tongue

We’re doing a short study of the book of James in our Wednesday night Life group right now. And this week is James chapter three, which is, in a large part, about taming the tongue. It happens to be a lesson, I think probably most of us could stand to here again now and then.…

Priesthood of Believers

A lot of people don’t know this, but the founders of the Christian Church, people like Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone, were wary of having ordained clergy in the church. They were afraid if the church hired paid ministers that everyone else might lose sight of the fact that the church is called to be…