Category: Faith & Culture

Let It Go

Let It Go

I confess, I have young children; even typing the words “let it go” cues up the song from Disney’s Frozen in my mind. While it may be fun to belt out in the shower once in a while, that sentiment – “let it go” – is much easier sung than done. After my first service…

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More Than The Sum of Our Labels

More Than The Sum of Our Labels

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 Every human being, each and every one of us, is made in the image and likeness of God. For some of you, reading that line makes someone pop into your head who…

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The Journey Is The Joy

The Journey Is The Joy

“Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had spent in doing it, and again, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. ” Ecclesiastes 2:11 When David’s son, Solomon, ascended to the throne, we are told that he was…

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A Pint With The Pastor

A Pint With The Pastor

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon;’ the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” Matthew 11:18-19 Odds are better than good that there are…

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“490”

“490”

John 20:19-31 Sermon Audio A few years back my wife and I attempted to introduce our then 6 year old daughter Michaela, to the Star Wars universe. We could tell even before Luke met Obi Wan that she needed a few more years before she could handle that much awesomeness. We decided to try it…

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Deny the Resurrection

Deny the Resurrection

A few years back, I was very excited to get to meet an author I admire, a man named Peter Rollins. Rollins is a post-modern philosopher from Belfast and a fantastic theologian (though he calls himself a pyro-theologian). He has written many books with titles like “The Fidelity of Betrayal,” “The Idolatry of God,” “The Divine…

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Road Maps

Road Maps

“How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in my pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.“ Psalm 119:9-10 (The Message)      As Methodist pastors who will move several times in the course of our careers my wife…

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The little things

The little things

“Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 2 Kings 5:13 Naaman was a commander for the armies of the king of Aram, and was well liked. He caught a case of…

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Self Deception

Self Deception

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Luke 1:3-4 Back when I was just starting out as a youth pastor, one of…

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Discipline

Discipline

“My child, do not despise God’s discipline or be weary of God’s reproof, for God reproves the one God loves, as a parent their child in whom they delights.’” Proverbs 3:11-12      In our house, we use the language of discipline instead of punishment.On the surface, they may seem like the same thing, but…

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