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…

The Best Action Heroes of All Time

I love to watch movies. At the end of each Spring, as commercials start to come out for upcoming summer blockbusters, I can’t help but get excited. At least half the movies don’t turn out to be any good; but each year I get excited, anyway! There’s nothing wrong with going to the movies and enjoying a good hero story. In fact, often the…

It’s About Time

It has been said that children spell the word love “T-I-M-E.” I think there’s a lot of truth to the idea that time and love are connected. Love is not about empty words or temporary emotions. It’s about time. Since there is only so much time in a day, this means we should pay attention to how we use it. Time can be spent…

Happy Face

My cell phone has a variety of happy faces. Some smile. Some wink. Some appear to be laughing uncontrollably. Through the years, the people I’ve met have had a number of smiling faces, too. Many of their smiles have expressed real feelings of happiness. But a smile can also be a mask, covering deep feelings of sadness and pain. In our culture, people often…

The Crux Is Simple

Church can be complicated. Counting Maize Manor, I have been the pastor of five churches, and each one has been filled with complications. Churches have disagreements about the Bible; churches argue about long-held traditions; churches have bitter feuds about carpet colors; and most churches do at least some things that just make no sense at all. Somehow churches have become very good at making…

The American Spirit: Reservations

Two years ago, my wife and I began making a series of documentary films on the American Spirit.   The concept behind the films is to visit various groups of people within the U.S., so we can learn about their history, their cultures and how they help shape the spirit of our nation.   In February 2017, we completed the first film in the…