The Insanity of Grace

Scripture:  Romans 9:1-5 One of the many incredible places I got to see when I visited the Holy Land in 2016 was Megiddo.   Megiddo is a hill at the edge of the Jezreel valley, the flattest and most fertile area in all of Israel.   Megiddo is also overlooking the outlet of a mountain pass, the … [Read more…]

Absolutely Nothing

Scripture: Romans 8:31-39 Conventional wisdom once stated that it was impossible to run a four minute mile.  It was not just conventional wisdom, medical experts believed that it was just not physically possible for the body to move that fast.   The evidence of the time seemed to support this as well.   We really did not … [Read more…]

The Inheritance

Scripture:  Romans 8:12-17 My mom loves to tell the story.   I do not know my exact age, but I was young, somewhere in early elementary school.   My family was visiting my grandparents.  At grandma and grandpa Johnson’s there was some cleaning going on, and my grandmother had found a picture of my dad from his … [Read more…]

The Power Within

Romans 8:1-11 At the very end of last year we bought a new computer, because we were a little overdue.   We had nursed the one we had along so that it was on its last legs and we got nine years out of it.   The average lifespan for a personal computer is three to five … [Read more…]

Revolution

Scripture:  Romans 7:15-25 On November 14th, 1782 a division of American militia under the command of Captain William Capers engaged in a skirmish in South Carolina at Avant’s Ferry.   This was a minor engagement in the American Revolution.   It took place in an isolated, rural area that was of little strategic significance and it is … [Read more…]

Open Doors

Scripture:  Matthew 10:40-42 When I was in elementary school my family took a vacation that involved traveling around the East Coast.  We visited Boston, Cape Cod, and the highlight I was looking forward to the most was Cooperstown, NY.  Home of the baseball hall of fame.   Outside of Cooperstown my parents booked a night in … [Read more…]

Pastor’s July 2020 Article

I do not have quite the same understanding of what it means to have someone be my pastor that most people have.   When I spent several years in youth ministry there were senior pastors, but in those relationships they served more as a supervisor or mentor.  Before that, there was really one pastor at whatever … [Read more…]

Christian Gothic

Scripture: Romans 6:1-11 It all started because of some dirt from the Holy Land.   In 1278 the abbot of a monastery located in what is now the Czech Republic returned from a pilgrimage with some sacred soil.  As a way of blessing the ground, he scattered this soil across the cemetery located on the monastery’s … [Read more…]

Keep On Keeping On

Scripture:  Romans 5:1-8 So it’s been a while.   The last time I was able to stand up here before everyone was March 15th.   It has been three months, but it feels like so much longer doesn’t it?    Heck, March alone felt like it took three months to pass.   As we think back over everything that … [Read more…]