Month: October 2015

Book Review: A New Beginning for Pastors and Congregations

What a wonderful resource. This book by Kennon L. Callahan sets up some essential direction for those that are seeking a new call, or have received, and the congregation that is in the process. Callahan provides some great guidelines from the first day to…

Confirmation Celebration!

What a wonderful day we had this past Sunday. Of course we had the opportunity to sing A Mighty Fortress is Our God, because after all it was Reformation Sunday, but we also had the opportunity to celebrate with six confirmands whom had the…

Being in Relationship

Relationships take time to build. This is a point within life that is true no matter what profession you are in or where you live. Relationships are all around us, and yet we at times tend to hope they will just work out on…

The Order of Melchizedek

One of the Lectionary readings for this coming Sunday is Hebrews 5:1-10. We get a brief glimpse and mention of a priest named Melchizedek. Don’t be discouraged if you have no clue who this reference is to. He has little reference throughout the Bible,…

Book Review: A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter

I will admit that the majority that I knew of Jimmy Carter was just what I learned along the way through conversation or an occasional article I may read. Yes, he was the President when I was born, but I never took time to…

Fear Breeds Hate

Why is it that we are so often afraid of those things that we know little about? This weekend there are protests that are taking place near Muslim mosques around the country, most closely Dearborn, MI. Not only do these protests appear to be…

Why a mysterious way?

I view God through the lens of someone that has not grown up in the church and been shaped by the tradition that seems to think it knows what is right and what is wrong. I am open to the possibility of anything happening…