Pastor's Blog

Lesson From the Wheel (cont.)

February 23, 2018

Raise your hand if you like easy. Easy suppers, easy relationships, and easy careers are what a lot of us want. We also know that how we handle adversity (the lack of easy) is a product of what we’ve been taught, what we seen work for others, and a bit of determination that stamps it as our own. A lot of people are convinced that adversity and difficulty serve no purpose other than to slow our progress. As I sit down at the potters wheel each week in class, I am amazed at how difficult it is to shape the... View Article

Lessons from the Wheel

February 16, 2018

Have you ever done something that stretched you way out of your comfort zone? If so, you will appreciate this. My daughter is an aspiring artist who loves creating unique content through art. For the last couple years we have looked for a place where she could learn to make pottery (in an artist’s world it’s known as “throwing clay” and you end up with ceramics). Through some outside help, we were alerted to a class for beginners at a nearby ceramics center and we signed her up. They made space for me and it’s become a weekly “dad/daughter” date.... View Article

Who was He for?

February 9, 2018

Who was He for? The Super Bowl proved to be an interesting game with two evenly matched offenses who both apparently left the heart of their defensive units at home. The game will be remembered by football nerds for its unique side stories. The underdog against the perennial powerhouse (the account of David facing Goliath could’ve been used as a comparable scenario). A game with over 1,000 yards of offense, one punt, and several missed kicks. And then that fourth down play – it seems like the whole world, minus the Eagles players, was sure the coach was signing off... View Article

On Being Super

February 2, 2018

On Being Super The word “Super” has developed quite a reputation in our day. Think about how many terms include the word in them: Super Man, Super Hero’s, Super food, Super computer, Super Mario, and the big on this weekend, The Super Bowl. It’s almost as if the word by itself lends credence and weight to anything it is attached to. Would there be any less viewers if today’s big game was simply entitled “The Bowl”? With so many things claiming to be super, do you ever stop to consider if who you are or what you are doing can... View Article

Enough Room

January 26, 2018

Enough Room? My daughter’s class went on a field trip last spring and I volunteered to chaperone. (Nothing tops “Best Dad of the Year” award like hanging with your Jr. High daughter and her friends!) One of the stops we made was to a museum with a hands on rock/fossil exhibit. The lady leading this exhibit had a unique mix of passion, knowledge, and humorless wit; to put it differently, she was uber excited about things that no one else cared much about. I appreciated that even though the eighth grade girls weren’t that into rocks, it didn’t dampen her... View Article

How Desperate

January 19, 2018

“How Desperate” Desperation is not highly regarded in our Americana DNA. In fact in a lot of areas, desperation is considered a weakness. Advice is given that tells us not to look too desperate during a job interview, on a first date, or at the car dealer. Because in those situations, desperation can end up hurting your chances of acquiring what’s best. Few of us want to settle for second or third simply because we were perceived to be too desperate. There is one area where desperation is a good thing – Prayer. When was the last time you spent... View Article

“But I Don’t Want To”

January 5, 2018

“But I don’t want to” Trigger words have become all the rage on many a college campus lately. Many people with graying hair and AARP invites in the mailbox have some difficulty grasping this new social phenomenon. They can’t imagine words so offensive that the hearer is immediately overcome with fear, anger, or distrust. And due to this lack of understanding, one might find them selves laughing at the possibility of such things. A fair warning that you might find a “trigger word” in the next sentence. I am asking you to make some changes so we as a church... View Article

“Expectation”

December 23, 2017

This time of year can get extremely busy with so many things calling out for our attention. Andy Williams summarizes it well with. “…There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow…” Events, both planned and unplanned, consume a portion of the limited supply afforded to us. Even with all the added commotion, we still eagerly anticipate the beauty of Christmas morning. The expectation of practicing long held family traditions alongside new stories that will be retold for decades to come. There’s the hope that: each gift will fit as perfect as if it were... View Article

“It Never Gets Old”

November 3, 2017

Have you ever heard someone say, “That never gets old”? The reasons for this declaration are many and might stem from eating a favorite food, visiting with a great friend, or reminiscing with grandma. Each of these settings offers a series of satisfying emotions and fulfillment and our soul will always want to dwell in these places. From the contentment of the moment our heart declares it’s desire to repeat the action. Last weekend, I had one of these “never gets old” moments. Our Foundation Student Ministry group is designed for Middle School and High School students. We are blessed... View Article

Contagious

October 27, 2017

The start of school brings a lot of new challenges and the usual back to school sickness. It’s kind of remarkable how a student can go three or four months without any bug and ten to fourteen days after school resumes, they are running a fever and sleeping for days. We can appreciate that school leadership tries to reduce this by asking parents to keep their children home if they notice any type of symptom. And when the bug hits your house, a game of “who brought the bug to school” begins in our houses. Have you ever thought about... View Article