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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).…

Makes You Wonder…

Have you ever looked around and wondered what’s missing? I had a neat opportunity to take a Worship and Wonder training at Burlington FCC and was reminded of a wonderful piece to a learning puzzle. Children and youth’s cognitive skills are stimulated by open ended wondering questions. These questions capture interest for the children to…

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…

Liminal Space

The trusty Dictionary says that “liminal” means “of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition.” I looked up this word “liminal” just to be sure I was using it right, and I may or may not be. But I wanna think about this in-between space anyway. This space after something has finished…

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…

Newsletter Ladies…

The love our “newsletter ladies” have and show each week is immeasurable. They come in smiling and chit chatting, always wanting to know how everyone is doing. They are like a little ministry amongst themselves. Each week one of them signs up to bring treats and I provide coffee for them always knowing who takes…

Acts of God

It’s interesting to me how things like wildfires, tornadoes and earthquakes are often called “Acts of God.” I think it would be more accurate to describe things like that as “acts of nature.” Why I have a problem attributing these natural occurrences to God is that, while they may be powerful, they are powerful in…