Hard words on MLK day from Lamennais

Ever accidentally stumbled across a bombshell of truth? In preparing for Sunday’s text on Mark 1:14-20 I came across this little gem from Hugues-Félicité Robert de Lamennais’ Affaires de Rome. “We will not stand motionless like veiled statues on the shore of the torrent which threatens the foundations of the temple, detaching the stones one… Read More ›

Like Birth

“It is a lot like birth.” I made that statement during Sunday’s sermon from within the baptismal pool. When we come up out of the waters of baptism we hold a look of shock and confusion. Fluid is in our noses, eyes, mouths and ears. Our faces are scrunched and red. We are in someone… Read More ›

Robin Williams’ Struggle

Did one of the funniest men on the planet just commit suicide? It is too soon to know for sure, but initial reports from various news agencies are suggesting just that! It is widely known that Robin Williams suffered from depression. He’s not the only comedian. Through the years many funny men and funny women… Read More ›

“of saran wrap & other mysteries”

So, it seems I blew your minds on Sunday when I told you about the little holes on the sides of the aluminum and plastic wrap boxes that, when pressed in, hold the roll in place. Just pressing in those little holes will make your life so much easier, and never again will you need… Read More ›

A Glimpse of Heaven

Thank you again for your encouragement as I traveled back to Europe to lead the 2014 Summer Assembly for the International Baptist Convention. It was a lingering commitment that I joyfully completed. The scene was amazing–believers gathered from all over the world, coming together to praise God and study his word. One night our worship… Read More ›

Settling In

As I continue to learn my way around and discover the nooks and crannies of the church building, I am thankful for the peace that comes from knowing I am where God has planted me, I am where he wants me to be. I look forward to using the blog in the future as an… Read More ›

A View from the Balcony

Lessons from Rocks, Water, and People: The Holy Land  It was a trip of a lifetime.   I’m glad I did it.  I’m not sure I’ll go back.  After a week and a half of recovering from the red eye flights to Israel and back, plus nine full days of visiting sites,  I’ll try to assess my gleanings: 1.       I learned… Read More ›


Growing up in the church, I have heard a lot of people talk about how Christians need to be out in the world “witnessing”.  That’s one of those churchy words:  witnessing.  Usually, what that has meant is telling the world that they need Jesus.  Churches and publishing companies have developed whole programs and written numerous… Read More ›


I never noticed until this week that the Bible ends where it began:  at a tree. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city.  On either side of the… Read More ›

Fighting the Good Fight

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7 “When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon – men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from… Read More ›