Every Tear

This Spring I began meeting with people from the church in small groups to have open conversations about life, church and challenges. (I’m planning to start having more meetings like this in the Fall—so watch for details to come in!) As I have these conversations, one of the most common things to come up is the subject of loss. Everyone experiences losses in this…

May is a very busy month…

This year, May 8 will be Mother’s Day, a day when we celebrate the women who shape our lives as well as the world we live in. The next Sunday, May 15, will be Pentecost Sunday, the day we remember the “birth” of the early church and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Then, the Sunday after that, on May 22, many people will…

A Life of Service

It was local mission work that drew me into local church ministry. ​Like many people who grew up in the church, I drifted away from regular worship attendance while I was in college. I felt like I had the world pretty well figured out (even though I didn’t), and I just let other things take priority over getting up on Sunday mornings and going…

Easter comes early this year!

Easter comes early this year! ​It has only been a couple months since we put away our Christmas trees, and yet we are already getting deep into Lent on the path to Easter. This year, the last Sunday of March will be Easter Day; so we are only a few weeks away from celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. ​During the month of March, we…

The Crimes of Jesus

This February we will enter into the Season of Lent. Lent is a season of 40 days – not counting Sundays – that leads us to Easter Day. ​Easter is the most joyous and celebratory time of the Christian year; but Lent has a different focus than Easter. During Lent, the church is called to become spiritually ready for Easter. Historically, these 40 days…

A Great Adventure

  It probably won’t surprise anyone to learn that I grew up watching Star Wars. Of the six Star Wars films, my personal favorite is probably still Episode IV, which, weirdly, was the first film that was made. There are a lot of things I love about the movie. For one thing it’s a classic, pure and simple. Whether you like Star Wars or…

Advent

To the People of Maize Manor UMC: Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. This year the final Sunday of November marks the first Sunday of Advent. In the Christian church, Advent is the season of four weeks that leads up to Christmas. The word “Advent” comes from a Latin word meaning “coming”, and it is a time when we…

November is an interesting month to be a pastor.

November is an interesting month to be a pastor. In most churches, November is a month when thoughts are divided in two directions: 1) People are thinking about the many blessings they are thankful for, and 2) People are thinking about ways to be a blessing to others who are in need. These two threads of thought go together, of course, because the church…

CHANGE For a Better Tomorrow

Money Is… What You Make of It When I was a child, my older brother had a jar he used to throw loose change into at the end of each day. Around the jar, written in pen, were the words “CHANGE For a Better Tomorrow”. Back then, I thought it was smart to invest a little spare change in the future (and, of course,…

A Big Scary Place: What if you just turned back?

August and September are an important time of the year for many families. These are the days when school comes back in session. That means there are countless kids, parents, teachers, and administrators in the midst of a very anxious time right now—because, while going back to school can be exciting and fun, it can also be stressful and worrying. The world can look…