Reflections
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Why Can’t We Perfect? (Like Jesus Said.)

Imagine how wonderful it would be if we all did this. I would not lose patience with my children. I would listen more deeply to my wife. I would not give into temptation and eat the forbidden fruit in the pantry at midnight. My sermons would always end on time, and all of my relationships would be healthy and wholesome.
 


The Compassion of Judas Iscariot

During Holy Week we recall the events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, and the men who played a part in having him executed: The religious aristocracy, Pontius Pilate and even one of Jesus’ closest followers.
 


Is Ash Wednesday Biblical?

I’m wondering about the lasting impact these ashes will have on those of us who are receiving them. Is Ash Wednesday an empty ritual?
 


Arguing can be good for you!

The church can be a good place to argue. Christian couples will argue with one another. Ministry teams can argue amongst themselves. Personalities will clash.
 


God’s Dysfunctional Families

It’s pretty easy to find biblical principles applying to marriage and family life. It’s even easier to find stories of dysfunctional families.
 


Political Parties, Corporations, and a Peasant Baby.

It’s easy to feel insignificant in a world of seven billion people, where news headlines are dominated by political and economic movements, led by people with power and prestige. Don’t be disheartened, for Christmas serves as a constant reminder that these mammoth forces are not the authors of redemptive history.
 


What Happens When God’s Messengers Challenge Authority?

The story of Moses begins where the story of Joseph ends: in Egypt. There are some interesting parallels between the two:
 


Who among you has ever attended a hot tub expo…?

…and were tempted to buy one?
 
Last Saturday I noticed several signs on Route 2. With bright bold red letters they announced a hot tub expo taking place that weekend. Hot tubs were being sold at a sharply reduced price. These small square white signs communicated a sense of urgency, as the sale was a one time opportunity.
 


New Sermon Series: Joseph’s Secret to Success

 
A successful career. A successful church. A successful life. Who doesn’t want success?
 
Joseph (in the book of Genesis) was successful. He became second in command of the most powerful empire in the world, and saved an entire civilization from certain destruction. However, these are not why he should be considered a success. In fact, one could argue that Joseph did not pursue success at all – he only pursued God.
 


Who Needs (the Gridiron) God?

If football is a religion, as some have argued, then here is what a skeptic might sound like:
 



 
 
 

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