Pastor’s Blog

Pastor’s Blog

Chasing Down a Wallet Thief

I came across a story this week that made me stop and think. The story caught my attention because the headline stated: “A woman chases down a wallet thief – and then buys him coffee.” I was intrigued by the headline and its potential to speak into my life. Here’s the gist of the story. A couple of weeks ago, a woman in Edmonton, Alberta witnessed a mugger grab a woman’s wallet and run. Without giving much thought to her…

Ash Wednesday and Missions

Today is Ash Wednesday: a day ignored by many evangelical churches. Actually, it is often not just ignored but demeaned. Many evangelical churches see the observance of the day as strictly Roman Catholic. Unfortunately, this misunderstanding of the day is a detriment to our faith as Christians and to our vision of the world. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Season of Lent that prepares us for Easter. Ash Wednesday is a time to think about the reality and…

God’s Kingdom on Earth

At the heart of God’s kingdom and at the heart of the king is this truth: God created us to be whole and to flourish. We struggle with this idea because our lives are so far from God’s intent. Our lives tend to be defined by other words, words like: brokenness, heartache, pain, hurt, bondage, disappointment, despair. We ask, “If God’s design for us is wholeness and flourishing, why do we experience so little of it?” Quite frankly, this is…

Are Mistakes Worth It?

I have loved sports since I was a little boy. I have played sports my entire life: Knothole, Little League and Pony League baseball. Church league basketball. Neighborhood sports from one season to the next. I have been a sports fan all of my life as well. In the 60s, it was the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Celtics. Living in the Cincinnati area, I followed in my father’s footsteps of being a lifelong Reds fan. And growing up…

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

The past few weeks have been cold. The temperature wasn’t above 20 degrees and the wind chills were dozens of degrees below zero. It’s been cold, cold, cold. I’ve been thinking about the cold weather lately. As I look back at the sentence I just wrote, it strikes me how revealing it is. The fact that I have the ability to think about the cold tells you that I am privileged. I am privileged to have a warm home, a…

The Power of Silence

We are enamored with noise. Ear-splitting crashing noise. Soft background noise. The noise of talking. The noise of busyness. The noise of escape. The noise of anything that keeps us from facing the reality of life that we are trying to avoid. While this noise can be a source of joy, blessing and life, it can also become a distraction from hearing and experiencing God. And that is a problem. Habakkuk’s prophecy starts with Habakkuk’s questions of God. Habakkuk is…
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