A toddler’s lesson about hope.

Last November, my family bought a flipped house. It snowed the day we moved in so we spent very little time outside until this Spring. We definitely had some projects to take care of inside, but fortunately the previous owner had taken care of most of the major...

Jesus Gives Us New Definitions

Jesus sure did enjoy messing with definitions. (CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon on which this post is based.) Atonement is one of the doctrines within Christianity in which there is not a single theory that is fully agreed upon. You might be surprised given the...

Lament and Trust in Charleston

In the wake of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in which nine of our brothers and sisters in Christ lost their lives, I’d like to refer briefly to last week’s discussion about lament. Our scripture...

Lament: Stuck in the Mud

It’s easy when reading through the book of Psalms to see individual chapters standing in isolation. Their content, author, and style often vary from chapter to chapter, from psalm to psalm. The result is that, absent any real plan or understanding of their...

Pentecost, the Spirit, and the World

The book of Acts was written by Luke the physician, one of the Apostle Paul’s traveling companions. In many ways, it is the sequel to Luke’s Gospel; a continuation of the orderly account of Jesus’ life and the life of the early church following...

Beyond the Gates

(CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon on which this post is based.) When I was in high school I used to only get my hair cut once a year immediately following football season. Yes, I was one of those scrubs who had locks flowing out of my helmet. It was beautiful hair....