Pastor’s January 2020 Article

There is just something about the start of a new year that creates a new paragraph in our minds.   Fundamentally there is very little difference between December 30th of one year and January 2nd of the next, but for us it truly does feel like the turn of a new page.   For that reason we … [Read more…]

Christmas Spirit

Scripture:  Matthew 1:18-25 I saw a social media post the other day that kind of stuck with me, because of its melancholy tone.  It was one of those post that is meant to be shared by people who agree with the sentiment, and it simply said “I miss the way Christmas felt when I was … [Read more…]

Teaser Trailer

Scripture:  Matthew 3:1-12 Back in April I attended the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.  As someone who loves Star Wars, it was a wonderful experience.  The big highlight, not just for me, but the main feature of the show was the Episode IX panel.   This is the event that everyone wanted to attend, and I … [Read more…]

In Brightest Day

Scripture:  Romans 13:11-14 What happens when you mix the happiest place on earth with the most wonderful time of the year?  You get Mickey’s Merry Christmas Party which is Christmas magic on Disney steroids.   The festivities start early as this special event at the Magic Kingdom happens twenty three times between November 8th and December 22nd.  … [Read more…]

Pastor’s December 2019 Article

We are part of the more than 10 million people who jumped onto the bandwagon and subscribed to Disney+.    This is a streaming video service like Netflix, except it is all focused on Disney owned content.   Like many others, we have been enjoying it so far.   On social media, I have noticed a trend … [Read more…]

A Solid Foundation

Scripture:  Matthew 7:24-28 A lot of the stories that Jesus told were parables.  This means they were by design, fictional stories that were told to communicate a greater point.   This morning’s scripture is an absolute great example of a parable.   For the first century listener this parable really helped communicate that taking Jesus’ teaching seriously … [Read more…]

Making the Dream Work

Scripture:  2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay has made a reputation for himself as being a talented cook with a fiery personality.   He became a household name from the cooking competition show Hell’s Kitchen.   When the competitors messed up in the kitchen the way that he verbally berated them was colorful to say the … [Read more…]

Wee Little Man

Scripture:  Luke 19:1-10 I have a very vivid memory from when I was somewhere around 4 ½ and my family was visiting a museum.   My mom had dressed my brother and me in identical outfits.   My brother is sixteen months younger than me, but at that time we were the exact same height.   I remember … [Read more…]

Riddle Me This

Scripture:  Luke 20:27-38 When I was getting my undergraduate degree in education, one of my field placements had me chaperoning a most unusual field trip.  The class was an elective for juniors and seniors called local history, and the field trip was to the cemetery.  In Evansville, IN the most prevalent public green space in … [Read more…]

The Dark Night

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:6-18 Several years ago I heard a story that has really stuck with me.   The story is told by a man who worked as a deep sea diver.  I am not really sure what deep sea divers do in their deep sea office.  Whatever it is this man was doing his thing … [Read more…]