The kids are out of school again because maybe, possibly, we are not even sure, there was the threat of a winter storm. We did have some very nice, big snowflakes that fell which gave us hope that our responses to the threat (we cancelled church stuff on Wednesday evening) would be justified. Well, what… Continue reading Snow and Ice (Wait, Rain… Just Rain) Why Are You So Afraid?
I hope this finds you doing well and having a good week. As I write this, a fairly significant snow/ice event may be on its way to us. I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that it either will or will not happen. In all seriousness, I hope you are able to stay safe… Continue reading Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs (or my e-note to SSCC for This Week
I am probably on more church leadership email lists that I really need or want to be on, but most every article I receive has some nugget of wisdom I can file away and use some time. This morning I read one such article, which was around predictions about church attendance patterns. We know the… Continue reading Are You in Love with Your Model or Your Mission?
I am a great fan of movies and they often influence my preaching and other communication.Jesus used the tools and medium available to him in order to communicate with his followers. Mary Michael has come to expect that she has to watch the Oscars with me so with can have running commentary. She also likes… Continue reading Random Oscar Thoughts
I have been thinking a lot about turning this week, since that is Sunday's sermon topic. I believe the typical person who attends a mainline Protestant church could probably use a little more repentance in their lives. That is the power of the ashes on our foreheads from Ash Wednesday, a reminder that we need… Continue reading Turn (A Nicer Way of Saying Repent)
I have a pretty good internal sense of direction. I typically only go to GPS or Google maps when I absolutely have to do so and I always go kicking and screaming. Several years ago, while leading a mission group in Nashville, we decided to go to this well known ice cream shop in town… Continue reading First Thursday
This is the one day a year where you will hear the random question "What are you giving up?" Except, today it's not random. Today is the day when we come face to face with what keeps us from being the person God created us to be. We so long to live an authentic life… Continue reading Ash Wednesday
I write a lot for my vocation and for my church. I've also always wanted to write/blog on a regular basis but somehow have never found the time or found excuses for not doing so a little bit to easy to manufacture. As we begin the Christian season of Lent, I have felt called to… Continue reading Blogging Through Lent