The joy of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is easy to understand. Songs wish that every day could be Christmas. The grief of Good Friday, is also relatable. But the joy of Easter? Resurrection is not an everyday event. Or is it? Each Gospel as a slightly different ending for the first Easter Sunday morning… Continue reading April 21 – Who did you see?
Has God abandoned the Church? Over the past fifty years the percentage of people in the United States who identify as Christian has steadily fallen from a high of 94% in 1950 to a mere 67% in 2018. While more than 100 churches a week close, new church starts tend to keep the total number… Continue reading April 7 – Worship Brings Change
Why do you choose to worship God? Increasingly worship is an option that even the faithful exercise from time to time. At the time of the American Revolution, a town might have more than one place of worship, but social pressures and tax law ensured that you would participate regularly in one of those congregations.… Continue reading March 31 – Choosing to Worship
As often as we host the Evangelism and Fellowship Community BBQ’s we never know what to expect. The weather could be good making the cooking ideal for Terry Tisdale or it can turn nasty making the chore a lot less enjoyable. Likewise we can have people lined up to eat before we are ready or… Continue reading Community BBQ, July 2018
Nine of the ten translations of the Bible on the shelf next to me relegate the 37th verse of the 8th chapter of the book of Acts to a footnote. Even my Greek New Testament includes it only as a footnote citing none of the oldest and most reliable manuscripts. Most (including the one translation… Continue reading Open Doors
I believe that God has laid the foundation of our lives with Christ as our cornerstone. We may reject that cornerstone, even try to pull it out, or build our lives aligned to it. Just as pulling a cornerstone from a real building may not have immediate consequences, rejecting Jesus as our spiritual cornerstone may not… Continue reading Power Up
You are witnesses of these things. — Luke 24:48 When writing reflections for a memorial service I like to list how the deceased had exemplified the Triune God; how he or she had demonstrated a love for creation and all of God's creatures, had connected people with one another, and had demonstrated divine grace and peace.… Continue reading Ministry Continues
When asked to summarize the Bible in a sentence, I have repeated two verses from the First Letter of John: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse… Continue reading We Declare