October 31, 2021 Reformation Sunday John 8:31-36 Acknowledging our past can be difficult. Humanity has not always been kind to one another, and there are still many examples of war and exploitation happening today around the world. The Native Americans were and continue to be treated as second class citizens in many places. African Americans… Continue reading Freed By Christ
May 9, 2021 1 John 5:1-6 Growing up, I was captivated by the work of M.C. Escher. Trying to determine in many of his drawings whether the stairs were ascending or descending. Where did they start and where did they end? In much of his art, he incorporated the use of a Mobius strip. For… Continue reading Faith in Action
February 28, 2021 Mark 8:31-38 How far are you willing to go for your faith? Are you willing to put your life on the line if needed? There are countless stories of martyrdom throughout Christian history, beginning with Stephen in the Book of Acts. I would like to share a couple stories… Continue reading Suffering for Faith
August 11, 2019 Luke 12:32-40 Fear and Faith. These are the recurring themes from our lessons this morning. Could living our lives be as simple as stripping everything away to whether we are living in fear or if we are living in faith? Do we know how to name fear, and do we know how… Continue reading Fear and Faith
October 28, 2018 Reformation Sunday John 8:31-36 As many of you know, I grew up in a town that was just a little bigger than Richmond. It lacked diversity, much like Richmond. And honestly, there was little to do in town, so we would quite often drive to Lansing on the weekends to go shopping… Continue reading You Will Be Free Indeed!
Thanks to Englewood Review of Books for the advance copy and publishing this review. Walter Wangerin Jr. has become one of the quintessential story tellers of this day and age. His stories break through the mundane and add a personal touch to everything that he shares. Whether his stories are based upon scripture or from his… Continue reading A Review: Wounds Are Where Light Enters by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Thanks to Englewood Book Review for the advance copy and publishing this review. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, I would recommend you take the time to do so. My visit to Gethsemani several years ago was one of my first true encounters with the work of Thomas… Continue reading A Review: A Course in Christian Mysticism by Thomas Merton, edited by Jon M. Sweeney
March 12, 2017 John 3:1-17 Have you ever wondered what it would be like living in a different time and place? Perhaps thinking that you may get away from some of the terror and fear we experience today. In reality though, the sin that occurs today is no greater than the sin that has occurred… Continue reading I Believe that I Cannot Believe
It has been quite a while since I read The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. I recall being touched by it when I first read it, and was kind of excited to find out that it was being made into a movie. I am not going to say that either the movie or the book is… Continue reading Living in the Mystery
Luke 17:5-10 One of the things that I truly enjoy in this calling as your pastor is the ability to sit down and get to know you. I learn of those activities and passions that keep you moving throughout the week. As I have the opportunity to sit down and talk with many of our… Continue reading Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed