Wait, What Did Jesus Say?

Scripture: Luke 16:1-15 For Hollywood actors one of the biggest double edged swords is getting typecast.  An actor is typecast when they become known for a certain type of role so directors and producers only want to put the performer in that role.  On the one hand it can be good because producers will quickly … [Read more…]

Scavenger Hunt

Scripture: Luke 15:1-10 When it comes to designing logos, graphic designers can sometimes be a little too clever for their own good.   Their main goal is to create an attractive, eye-catching, and memorable logo that easily identifies the brand.  Sometimes though they include extra little details that are so smoothly integrated into the design that … [Read more…]

In the Potter’s Hands

Scripture:  Jeremiah 18:1-11 Over the past couple of years, a lot of people have found themselves with a bit more time on their hands for obvious reasons.  One of the things that a decent number of people did with that time is they invested it into writing.  In late 2020 through 2021 publishing houses saw … [Read more…]

September 2022 Pastor’s Article

A few years ago David Kinnaman led a research project and wrote a book to answer an important question.   He sought to discover what people outside of churches think about churches.    Sadly, his findings were not as positive as we would like.  Kinnaman found that people outside the church do not actually know what churches … [Read more…]

Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Scripture:  Hebrews 13:1-8; 15-16 Dwayne Johnson has become one of the most reliable box office draws in recent years.  He has found success in a wide variety of movies and he is just as likely to be brawling on a moving semi in a Fast and the Furious sequel as he is belting out a … [Read more…]

Mountaintop Experience

Scripture:  Hebrews 12:18-29 One of the things that I like about human nature, is that we tackle a big challenge because we can.  If a person find something that has not been done before, and they think they have a chance to pull it off then they will put energy, time, and resources to make … [Read more…]

Practical Peace

Scripture:  Luke 12:49-56 In 2003 I started my journey into ministry when I was hired for a very part-time youth ministry position at Old Capitol UMC in Corydon, IN.  Within that first year, I preached for the first time on a youth Sunday.  Since then, I have preached somewhere close to 600 times.  In addition … [Read more…]

Compassion over Anger

Scripture:  Jonah 1:17-2:10 I like to read and I end up reading several books a year.   This will probably not come as a surprise, but my favorite genre is science fiction.  So when I was a senior in high school and I had to take elective classes since I had already met most of the … [Read more…]

Into the Lion’s Den

Scripture:  Daniel 6:1-23 In 2013 Civil rights activist and world leader Nelson Mandela passed away.  This event was international news and covered in every news media, but the report caused confusion for a lot of people because they thought he was already dead.  Multiple people reported confusion at the news because they distinctly remembered news … [Read more…]

August 2022 Pastor’s Article

I remember sitting in a history class in college.  It was the day a major term paper was due.  Like the vast majority of the class, I had been up very late into the previous night finishing the paper.  As the professor gathered up the papers, he said with a smirk, “You know there will … [Read more…]