What’s a Christian to do now? Love 1

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. (Galatians 5:22-23 CEB) There is a lot of hand wringing in part of the Christian community right now. With a new president who doesn’t seem to […]

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You Belong Here: Sermon Text 3

Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 Series: Ephesians: Imagining a New World – Part 2 Audio: Here When we were first married, Diane and I attended her family reunion at one of the state parks in New Jersey. People brought their barbecue grills, coolers of watermelon and drinks, musical instruments, Frisbees, and had […]

The numbers don’t tell the story 1

Many church leaders function as if the primary purpose of the church is to grow the church. I seriously question that. I received notification from my denomination (The United Methodist Church) this week that our congregation is supposed to set measurable goals for 2012 in 5 areas of discipleship – […]

Mistakes in church 1

Church is supposed to be holy and solemn. Right? As a reflection of the kingdom of God our worship is supposed to be perfect. Isn’t it? In our culture of slickness our worship gatherings are supposed to go off without a glitch. Aren’t they? While I believe that should be […]

Choosing progress over peace

We often choose peace over progress. Rocking the boat is uncomfortable and uncertain, so we choose the path of least resistance. There are times though when we must go through difficulty to grow. Think about surgery. Surgery is painful and risky. Even a so-called simple surgery causes a great deal […]