The Upside Down

Scripture:  Mark 10:35-45 Six years ago Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments a credit card processing company, took an action that turned his company upside down.  In 2015 Gravity Payments was like most companies where the priority was on profit first and the pay scale was highest at the top with the CEO and then … [Read more…]

A Fool and His Money

Scripture:  Mark 10:17-31 P.T. Barnum is famously attributed to have said “There’s a sucker born every minute.”  In true grifter fashion, Barnum did not actually say his most well-known quote.  It was actually said in reference to his cons by a rival showman.  Even if Barnum did not say it, his greatest hoaxes proved it.  … [Read more…]

Growing Young

Scripture: Mark 10:13-16 If you are not much of an Internet person, then it is possible you are not familiar with the website Kickstarter.   However, Kickstarter was a revolutionary concept for bringing creative projects to life.  Previously for artists, writers, and designers the process to publication was an arduous one.  It required an investment by … [Read more…]

Faith that Works

In the movie Jaws there is a scene when Chief Martin Brody, played by Roy Scheider, gets his first look at the massive shark and then remarks “you’re going to need a bigger boat.”   Then there is a scene in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark there is a scene where a … [Read more…]

Pastor’s October 2021 Article

For a lot of people, October is their favorite month of the year.  For some of these people the appeal is not just changing colors and hoodie weather.  A lot of people love October because they consider it “Halloween” month.  In Christian circles Halloween is a bit contentious.   Some believers view it as a harmless … [Read more…]

Why so Salty?

James 3:1-12 Thirteen years ago my younger sister moved to England.  Her husband is British.  They met while he was working for a church over here.  However, after they married they went back across the Atlantic so he could attend seminary and they have been there ever since.  She has now spent over a decade … [Read more…]

Welcoming Pews

Scripture:  James 2:1-10;14-17 In a fast paced and even faster changing world, some churches feel the need to make adjustments to better appeal to the modern culture.  When churches want to communicate they are fully modern or contemporary, one of the ways to do this is to replace the pews with padded chairs.   For many, … [Read more…]

Pastor’s September 2021 Article

I like to listen to podcasts when I am doing activities like driving.  Podcasts are a bit like talk radio programs, except they are downloaded and can be listened to on demand.  There are several different podcasts that I listen to regularly and one of those is called 99% Invisible.  This is a narrative based … [Read more…]

Shift 4: Discipleship

Scripture:  Galatians 5:16-25 It is probably fair to say that for most people February 18th, 2021 was just another day.  In our family and I am sure several others, it was a day we were counting down to.   It was on this day that NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover made planet fall.   The probe had launched … [Read more…]

Shift 2: Service

Scripture:  Matthew 10:1, 7-8 Today his name is virtually unknown, but Lorenzo Dow was one of America’s most famous celebrities during his time.  For instance, his autobiography was the second best-selling book second only to the Bible.  His notoriety was so great that it became fashionable to name children after him, and U.S. census data … [Read more…]