Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I

WhaddaulookinatThe resurrected Jesus is standing on the Mount of Olives with the disciples—the eleven specifically called along with several women and Jesus’ brothers—giving them a few last-minute words before he leaves. For the past forty days, since the resurrection, Jesus has been teaching them, “working in the power of the Holy Spirit,” the same HolyContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I”

Making the Most of It

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity…Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do. – Ephesians 5:15-17 The world is an odd place right now. It is currently being held hostage by an organism that measuresContinue reading “Making the Most of It”

Holy Laughter

For the last couple of months, I have been teaching confirmation classes on Sunday evenings. We have a bright group of inquisitive students, interested in learning about God and faithful to be there for the discussions. As with all my classes, I try to be open and honest and give plenty of room for questioningContinue reading “Holy Laughter”

Getting Uncomfortable

Learning is a lifelong pursuit across many areas of our lives. As children, we start with some simple ideas and move forward from there: food goes in your mouth, don’t touch hot things, stop petting the dog’s teeth, and so on. We move from those things to more advanced things like tying your shoes orContinue reading “Getting Uncomfortable”

Musings – Animating Faith

In getting ready for my Sunday school class this past week, I ran across an interesting quote in a commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. The writer says, In each generation, communities are called to interpret Scripture with the courage to affirm what they believe and what they refuse to believe, the courage toContinue reading “Musings – Animating Faith”

Questions

This past Sunday, I started our Confirmation classes for the year with six students. As an introductory exercise, I had them write down some things they thought people in the church believed on a small piece of poster board. Then, I had them write down what they believed on a piece of paper. I pickedContinue reading “Questions”

The Story – Beginnings

Telling a good story According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the entertainment industry in the United States made more than 200 billion dollars in 2019.[1] The numbers that make this up come from movies, streaming video, music, books, and video games as the categories the department used. Add in concerts, sporting events, and otherContinue reading “The Story – Beginnings”

Musings – Memory

The hallway was long enough to get a good run going before I ran into the living room. I had already been up three or four times since 4:00 AM and been told to go back to bed until at least seven. The last couple of times, I just stuck my head in the doorContinue reading “Musings – Memory”

The Road VI

Last week, I told you about my first car, a 1989 Camaro. I also told you that I was not the greatest driver as sixteen-year-old, in fact, quite the opposite. I have driven at speeds that would terrify anyone other than race car drivers and took chances that no one in their right mind shouldContinue reading “The Road VI”

Change and Growth

I ran across this in article called Why Do People Hate Change? earlier this week, Why do people hate change? Because most people feel comfortable doing what they have always been doing. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” they say. Psychologically speaking, it’s not just that people fear change, (although they absolutely do) It’sContinue reading “Change and Growth”