Up and Down

My life has been filled with ups and downs. Over the long course of my experiences, there have been good years and bad years, good months and bad months, good days and bad days. In some moments, I have been able to see God’s presence in the world with absolute clarity. In others…not so much. Similarly, some Sunday mornings I don’t feel much like…

One Step at a Time

I once read an account of a person who climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is one of the Seven Summits of the world. As the person told the story of the trip, he spoke of how difficult it was to continue by the time his group got close to the top of the mountain. Everyone was cold. Everyone was tired. Everyone…

​The Footsteps of Jesus

Churches talk a lot about Jesus. We celebrate his birth. We celebrate his life. We celebrate his resurrection. In the church, the words and actions of Jesus are at the very center of our faith. So, once a year, the church goes on a journey to walk with Jesus from the beginning of his ministry all the way to his death and resurrection. This…

The American Spirit: Underground

I grew up in a small town, where I was taught that racism was dead: slavery was over; segregation had been shut down; and all people were treated equally. Yet, as I got older, I began to hear more and more stories about racism still affecting our nation. So, over the course of this past year, I took my family on a journey to…

The Open Table

When I was in seminary, every student was required to go on a cross-cultural immersion trip. The purpose of the trip was to send pastors-to-be to faraway places, so they could gain a broader view of the world. And so they could know how it feels to depend on the hospitality of strangers. As I was getting ready to leave for my cross-cultural trip…

The Most Stressful Time of the Year – Pastor Ryan Grace

Christmas means so many different things. Decorations. Gifts. Travel. Going over the river and through the woods to family reunions. And, oh yes, there’s also celebrating the birth of Jesus! Having all these things going on at the same time introduces a huge amount of stress and tension…and all at a time when we are supposed to be enjoying ourselves! So, when various celebrities…

A Variety of Gifts – Pastor Ryan Grace

I love putting together puzzles. I’m not sure why, but there is something immensely satisfying about taking all those little unique pieces, searching for the exact place where each one belongs, then joining them in a way that makes a bigger, fuller picture than any of them could be on their own. As I think about my years in ministry, I believe churches are…

My Bible Says…What the Bible Really Teaches about Family Values

My Bible Says…What the Bible Really Teaches about Family Values – Pastor Ryan Grace My home is a crazy place. With a 2-year-old, a 10-yearold, a 15-year-old, and an 18-year-old, there is no shortage of dramatic situations. But I know the craziness of life doesn’t only affect families of six–all households have circumstances that get out of control. So it doesn’t come as a…

Communication Is a Two-Way Street

At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone say, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” Whether you know this phrase from the classic film Cool Hand Luke, or have simply heard one of countless people spoof it, most people in our culture have heard it in some form. The truth is it’s a memorable phrase: it is simple, short…

Do Something Anyway

We live in a world of brokenness. All across the country, and right here in our own community, families struggle with starvation and malnutrition; single parents struggle to afford clothes for their kids; the elderly struggle to keep up their houses; and good-hearted people struggle with what to do about it. The brokenness of this world can seem overwhelming if it feels like there’s…