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Except for Grace

I believe the world would eventually grind to a halt without folks who have a strong work ethic. However, when it comes to our faith and salvation – working hard has nothing to do with it. For many people, that can be a little hard to understand. It’s like the story of the minister who…

U-turns

Many years ago, I was driving from Ohio to Iowa for a week of vacation. The rest of my family had already gone ahead of me, so I was excited to join them. It was a beautiful summer day and about halfway there, I got off the Interstate to fill up my gas tank. When…

Good News People

At our Disciples Together Worship, I introduced our theme for the coming year: “Sharing the Good News.” That’s our calling. And when we are successful in it, it’s never because of our overwhelming strength, but because of our love and hope. As disciples of Jesus, we persevere even when it would be easier to surrender.…

Disciples Together !

It doesn’t seem possible that five years have passed since we had our first Disciples Together Weekend, but it has! This Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 8-9) will be our 5th annual Disciples Together Weekend. On Saturday, we’ll lovingly witness to our community through service projects, as groups fan out through the city. And then on…

The Real Deal

P.T. Barnum once said that, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Unfortunately, modern day scam artists have figured this out, too. When my daughter, Lauren, was about 10 years old she got her first email address – and right away received a job offer promising her easy riches. Apparently, she clicked on the email and…

Thoughts & Prayers

One of the many things I love about the people of First Christian is that they know how to put their “thoughts and prayers” into action. It’s like the old story about the church that called a prayer meeting for some families who had lost their jobs and were struggling to make ends meet. Just…

Let It Go

Have you ever had a moment when you were driving when another driver did something incredibly rude? Have you ever had a disagreement with a sales clerk that wound up affecting your attitude for the rest of the day? It can happen to the best of us. Jesus often talked about forgiveness. It was a…

Holy Humor

While I’m on vacation this week – enjoy some holy humor from my files! On a balmy evening in the South Pacific, a navy ship spied smoke coming from one of 3 huts on an uncharted island. Upon arriving at the shore, the crew was met by a shipwreck survivor. He said, “I’m so glad…

Deep Gladness

People who study trends in today’s churches have made one thing clear: the greatest indicator of a church that is alive and growing isn’t its doctrine or the size of its building or even how well the preacher might preach. The greatest indicator of a healthy church is the level of participation. The greater the…

Where to Start

Oftentimes, when a person comes to me for counseling, what they actually want is to see change in someone else – their spouse, or children, or coworkers. What I then have to explain is that the only person they have the power to change is themselves. Not surprisingly, many counselling sessions end right there. There’s…