Letters to the church I love…
“We got to pray just to make it today.” – MC Hammer Let’s be honest–you don’t pray enough. I don’t pray enough. Whatever “enough” is, we are all pretty sure we aren’t doing it right. Recently, a story in the Bible and a one-liner I heard have given me some insight (and a little encouragement)Continue reading ““We got to pray just to make it today.””
Special agent Burt Macklin looked around the room. Each member of his team had fought valiantly alongside him on this hellish mission. Even so, what he was about to ask of this team–no, this family–was almost more than he could bear. “Asking you to help me take down Evil Inc. is more than I’ve everContinue reading “Are you in?”
Doctrine. Theology. If you’ve been hanging around church for very long you’ve probably heard these words thrown out there from time to time. When I see those words I imagine a staunch-looking, grey haired man sitting in an armchair smoking a pipe next to a fireplace in a room filled with books. The image isn’tContinue reading “Doctrine & Theology”
My daughter is graduating from high school in about a month. Piper is the kid who can teach herself to play any instrument, crochet stuffed animals (and sell them for unbelievable amounts of money) and just got a job welding custom furniture. I could not be more proud. My favorite thing about Piper right nowContinue reading “God’s Will”
When my friend Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss stretches his arms out the span is as wide as some professional basketball players. I’m not sure on the exact measurement, but imagine the “it was thiiiiiiiiiis big” size of the last fish you caught. This is especially extraordinary since he measures about 4 feet tall–sitting in hisContinue reading “Restoration”
One of my favorite things about being a pastor is that I get to study a lot. I have always been a terrible student–reading for a deadline is something I have never been able to do. On the other hand, getting to read at my own pace and reading several books at a time isContinue reading “What are you reading?”
I lived in Northwestern Argentina when I was a kid. One of my favorite places to visit was a town called Humahuaca. There was a mechanical priest in the plaza that would come out of the cathedral wall and give a blessing to the crowd throughout the day. A set of steel clamshell doors wouldContinue reading “Easter Blessing”
I was about ten years old when I first heard the story of the monkey trap. The general idea is a hunter makes a hole in a coconut just big enough for a monkey’s hand to fit and ties it to a tree. He then puts some food or a shiny object inside. The monkeyContinue reading “Just let go…”
Last night, in our book study on “How (Not) to Read The Bible”, Dan Kimball (the author) joined our video meeting. Besides the coolness of being able to ask questions of the guy who wrote the book, it was a special moment for me because I worked for Dan over 25 years ago when heContinue reading “Inspired Revelation”
The general consensus is that the phrase, “Fear not” shows up in the Bible about 365 times. In fact, it is the most repeated command in the scriptures. Whether it’s Mary, Joseph or Joshua, we are all familiar with stories of an angel or God himself telling people not to be afraid. This phrase canContinue reading ““Fear Not!””
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