How does a weary world rejoice?

How does a weary world rejoice?

Each Christmas season, a snippet of Scripture or a line from a hymn will worm its way into my psyche. This year it is the words of the priest Zechariah, sung to his son, John, who would be the Baptist. Zechariah has prophesied the coming Messiah and now describes his...
How does a weary world rejoice?

Why do churches always ask for money?

This is a common question asked of pastors. It is also one of the reasons given for why people say they don’t like to visit a church. “They are always asking for money.” But are we? Since we kicked off a comprehensive campaign this year, we have talked about money...
How does a weary world rejoice?

Anywhere

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” – Jesus (Matthew 18:20) Anywhere two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name? Worship, sure. Bible study, yeah. What about circle meetings? Sunday School or confirmation? The hospital bedside? The...
How does a weary world rejoice?

On This Rock, I Will Build My Church

Jesus said, “You are Peter, and on this rock, I will build MY church.” Are we confused about who Jesus is? About who we are? In a recent conversation, some leaders were asked about their church (not Trinity!): “What would your community miss if the bishop said,...