I chose the Book of Acts for our Tuesday Zoom Bible Study quickly, with kind of a passing idea of matching where we’re at right now at Northminster. As I cycled through possibilities in my mind, I stopped at Acts because I thought something like: “Strange new things at the start of the church for [...]
I’ve been amazed over the course of my life how many images have stayed with me from childhood Bible stories. Certain stories remind me of the picture bible I received as a gift in grade school, other stories make me think of pictures (and words) from a read-along record set my Aunt and Uncle [...]
I heard a silly little story once that has popped back into my mind this week. A man walks into a hardware store with a brand new tool belt and a purposeful walk. He walks right up to the front counter and tells the salesperson: “I want a new cabinet, and I want to do it [...]
Lent brings up all sorts of interesting ideas and reminiscences for me…but mostly I think about the things I have given up or tried to give up. I started giving things up for Lent as a discipline about 20 years ago, and it has been (as much as I hate to say it) a [...]
I had my 43rd birthday a little over a month ago, and it came and went without any huge “birthday emotion” on my part. While this isn’t any big news, I found the absence of emotion notable because birthdays—and really anything that demonstrates the passage of time—seems to carry more emotions the older I get, [...]
A love seen in light and song…made real in the manger…and in those eternal reminders that God, in Christ, is always with us.
Some of you may have noticed that I sometimes begin prayers with the phrase “Lord, we come to you with thankfulness.” This is not an accident or some rote memorization…it is something that is intentional and learned. They are words that my grandfather always started his prayers with as we gathered around the table [...]
Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
“God, it turns out, does not require good people in order to do good work. He can and does work with us in whatever moral and spiritual condition he finds us. God, we are learning, does some of his best work using the most unlikely people. If God found a way to significantly include [...]
Why would people, when they started a church, decide to call themselves something as crazy as Presbyterian?