In the past few months, we have been reminded in painful ways that we still have work to do — prayer work and practical work — in the area of racial justice and equity. In the past few months, we have been consumed by a pandemic which has brought sickness, death, fear, and isolation. During …

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people. The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’. Then Moses said to him, ‘If your Presence does not go with us, do not s…

What a spring and summer it has been! Who would have thought it? COVID-19, plus the civil unrest afflicting our nation. What’s a body to do? What is a Christian to do? Let’s tackle both issues from one Christian perspective. Not the only one, but one.

Read through the paper. Watch the 24-hour news networks. Tune your radio onto talk radio. What do you read, see and hear? Cities being torn apart by rioting. The American flag and the Holy Bible are being burned in streets. Efforts to defund the men and women in uniform who protect and serve…

This summer, I have been preaching through the life of Joseph at my church. We recently read the text where Joseph is summoned by Pharaoh. For two years, Joseph has been in prison on false charges. Before that, Joseph was sold into slavery by his own family. Had I been through even part of w…

Has anyone ever wronged you? Has anyone ever hurt you deeply or superficially; intentionally or unintentionally? Do you still carry around the scar? Now let me ask another set of questions.

Does the fact that you are a Christian make any difference? Does it change the way you interact with the world? Does it affect how you perceive your neighbor? Right now, there is a lot of conversation around the protests across our country. Some want to join in. Some want them to go away. Th…

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh, rather serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or yo…

Today, I feel inadequate to offer the guidance, encouragement, strength, or reason that will help us navigate the chaos we are living through every day. I have been watching and listening for someone to speak with Godly discernment amid the chaos. I mourn for the time an ambassador for God, …

Here’s my confession for today: I’ve been praying for as long as I can remember, but sometimes I still don’t know how to do it. Pandemic, sickness, risk, fear, prejudice, injustice, unrest. When our minds and hearts are overwhelmed, how do we gather words into prayers?

As I sit and write this message, I — like everyone else in the world — am caught in a terrible dilemma known as COVID-19. For the most part, this virus has me and others trapped in a world of quarantine and “stay at home” policies that affect every aspect of our daily lives. It seems as if t…

Once Moses had fully constructed and dedicated the temporary dwelling place of God (the Tabernacle) as Israel traversed the wilderness to the promised land, the glory and presence of God indwelled said tabernacle. “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled …

Thanks to the COVID-19 Virus, our lives have been drastically changed and that certainly includes our gathering together as church families. While there are many opinions about this virus and our government leaders’ response, I can assure you that this virus is real. Seeing the impact of the…

As I write this column, we are almost three weeks into the Easter season. When I was a child, I didn’t know that there was an Easter season; in the church I attended, Easter was a single day. But in the larger Church, Easter is a seven-week season that lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecos…

Have you ever been lost? It is actually quite hard to do these days, what with GPS so readily available on our phones and in our cars.

When tragedy strikes, we often gain a renewed perspective on life. We see the world differently. In Mark 8, Jesus addresses the ability to see. The chapter begins with the story of Jesus feeding 4,000 people with only a few loaves and fish. Everyone had their fill. Some were probably amazed …

The COVID-19 pandemic is here. It is real and it is having an impact on this world, this country, this state and this community. This pandemic has disrupted our lives in every imaginable sector including work, school, play, sports, entertainment and politics. It is changing the way we social…

If you are like me, you have heard and seen more than enough about COVID-19 to last a lifetime; however, little of it has been religious in nature. So, let me share some thoughts from a Christian perspective. Maybe it will help inject a bit of hope and less despair into the conversation.

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