Every Week Bible Challenge

I’ve got a bit of an embarrassing confession to make: I don’t know everything about the Bible. I don’t even know everything about just one book of the Bible. I think many people assume that because I’m a pastor I know it all. But I don’t. But the fact that I don't know it all … Continue reading Every Week Bible Challenge

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Building the Faith: One Goldfish at a Time

A couple weeks ago I was talking with a friend about church. We attend different churches and it’s always interesting to hear what other churches are doing and how they are doing it. As we talked he shared some of the struggles of worshiping with children. He’s got a couple preschool age children and there … Continue reading Building the Faith: One Goldfish at a Time

God’s Gift of Life

God's first gift to a person is the gift of life. And for Christians it's a gift twice-given. Everyone received that gift first at their conception. And Christians receive that gift a second time at their baptism, when they are born again into God's family. And yet this incredible, miraculous gift is one that many … Continue reading God’s Gift of Life

Happy New Year – Spoiler Alert: Tomorrow Won’t Be Different Than Today

Our calendars make a hard and fast break between today and tomorrow. Today it's one year, tomorrow it’ll be the new year. But that transition from one year to the next is arbitrary. We could just as easily have put the New Year celebration on July 1st as January 1st. And because there isn’t really … Continue reading Happy New Year – Spoiler Alert: Tomorrow Won’t Be Different Than Today

Four Reasons to Keep Children Out of Adult Worship Services

There are plenty of reasons given to send children away when adults begin to worship. Below, are the four most common reasons I've heard to send kids out of the church's regular worship. None of them are good, though some can be tempting. They all come with heavy consequences for the congregation, the parents, and … Continue reading Four Reasons to Keep Children Out of Adult Worship Services

Fear and Love Both Have Long Arms: Choose Love

Can you guess where this photo was taken? It looks like a picture out of a Nazi concentration camp. It's not. This photo was taken right here in the United States in 1942. It captures the forcible internment of Japanese Americans that occurred after the attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Very rarely … Continue reading Fear and Love Both Have Long Arms: Choose Love