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February 19, 2018

The power of humility

The power of humility

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and […]

February 13, 2018

Affection and sympathy

Affection and sympathy

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in […]

January 30, 2018

Certainty and uncertainty

Certainty and uncertainty

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. | Hebrews […]

January 24, 2018

How will they hear?

How will they hear?

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet […]

January 15, 2018

Mission Guilt

Mission Guilt

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not […]

January 10, 2018

Being your Pastor’s Joy

Being your Pastor's Joy

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. | Hebrews 13:17 In the sermon Sunday, I spent some time going […]

January 3, 2018

Instruments

Instruments

This last Sunday of Advent, we read one final poem from Madeleine L’Engle. It captures the challenge of living in this time between Jesus’ comings, and the continued anticipation we have; it then channels that anticipation into something beneficial. Instruments (2) Madeleine L’Engle Hold me against the dark: I am afraid. Circle me with your […]

December 26, 2017

First coming

First coming

A good reminder of joy in the midst of chaos, which could be a description of the Christmas season! we tend to sanitize the Christmas story, and with it, we sanitize Christ. His coming is seen as clean and simple, when in reality the incarnation was an act of great power to create joy in […]

December 20, 2017

VISION 2018

VISION 2018

One of the most difficult things about putting together a VISION for the church is simplifying it. The reason this is hard is because the church is not a simple thing. You can’t just decide that we are going to focus on and ignore everything else. As the church, we are called to: WORSHIP Gather […]

December 14, 2017

The birth of wonder

The birth of wonder

This is the ADVENT poem we read Sunday to open the service. The Birth of Wonder | Madeleine L’Engle As I grow older I get surer Man’s heart is colder, His life no purer. As I grow steadily More austere I come less readily To Christmas each year. I can’t keep taking Without a thought Forced […]

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