Reasons to Celebrate

Scripture:  Mark 16:1-8 I do not know if you have ever sat through and watched the entirety of a movie’s credits, but they can be long.   It is not uncommon for credits to run upwards of ten minutes, especially if the film had a lot of special effects.   Given how hundreds of people are involved … [Read more…]

April 2024 Pastor’s Article

When I was about three, my family lived in New Market, Indiana.  We were at some church function, and something the adults said prompted my young self to interject claiming that I could speak another language.  This no doubt surprised everyone (especially my parents) and when I was asked what other language I could speak … [Read more…]

The Wrong Crowd

Scripture:  Mark 11:1-11 Mark Twain, who can always be counted on for a good quip, once said “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  If that was true in the 19th century when worldwide communication was a lot slower than it is now, then it … [Read more…]


Scripture: John 13:1-17 Those of you with a background in Latin, were once English teachers, or just kind of like etymology then you have already figured out exactly what podophobia is a fear of. If you are still trying to piece it together, I will fill you in.  It is the fear of feet.  Podophobia … [Read more…]

Tap Out

Scripture: James 4:1-10 Professional wrestling often gets a bad rap by non-fans as “fake”.   It is true the winners are pre-determined.  Despite being referred to as sports entertainment, though wrestling is not really a sport.  It is a form of theater.   The outcome and some of the big spots are scripted, but often in between … [Read more…]

Less is More

Scripture:  Luke 14:7-14 It is not hard to find stories of celebrities and people with some level of fame acting badly.   Honestly, we kind of except it, don’t we?   We expect people with money and recognition to be able to get away with pulling a “Don’t you know who I am?” and then getting the … [Read more…]

March 2024 Pastor’s Article

After faithfully leading the United Methodist Church in Indiana through some truly unprecedented times over these past few years, Bishop Julius Trimble has announced that he is retiring this year.  Over the years, I have had the opportunity to interact with him a handful of times, and I have learned he has a few favorite … [Read more…]


Scripture:  John 15:1-8 It is not something that naturally comes up in conversations a lot, but I love nature documentaries.  I especially like the BBC ones that are narrated by David Attenborough.  I think I have watched all of the ones available on streaming services multiple times.  Across various nature documentaries there are some common … [Read more…]

The Buddy System

Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-12 One of the most enduring tropes in cinema, both on the big screen and in television, is the buddy film.  This is a constantly reoccurring dynamic.   It appears in cinematic classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it fueled a whole genre of buddy cop movies like Lethal Weapon in … [Read more…]

Keeps Going and Going

Scripture:  Isaiah 40:21-31 I really like history.  In fact, before being called into ministry my plan and my undergraduate degree was to be a history teacher.  My favorite parts of studying history have always been the who, what, and especially why questions.  My least favorite part of studying history are the when questions.  I have … [Read more…]