Teaching Sunday School is Good for You

July 18, 2019

Two years ago, Karen Jacobsen put out a call for Sunday School teachers.  I was transitioning off of Youth Ministry and still wanted to work with students but unsure about working with those below middle-school age.  My heart said “yes,” but my brain said “no way.”  God and Karen said to trust and to take … Read More

A Legacy of Faith

July 11, 2019

When we closed down my mother’s house a few years ago, I was given custody of the family Bibles. Not the family Bible, the one with records of marriages, births, and baptisms. My older sister claimed that as a birthright. I held something more dear: Bibles actually used by family members. Inside the cover of … Read More

Our World and the Next

July 3, 2019

Consider with me that our world is not one of mere utility. Our Father did not make a world of sheer functionality but of enjoyment too. More than water we have juice, more than intelligible sound we have the wonders of music and more than breathable air we enjoy pleasing fragrances, both natural and contrived. … Read More

I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church

June 27, 2019

As we begin our celebration of the Lord’s Supper each month, we recite together the Apostles’ Creed.  We confess that we believe in “the holy catholic church.”  Now, some might think it strange for a bunch of Presbyterians to confess belief in the catholic church (kind of like the Mets rooting for the Yankees, or … Read More

Remind Me Again?

June 20, 2019

Earlier this year, I found myself almost forgetting my niece’s birthday until the day of, and ended up having to send a belated present, sheepishly apologetic towards my sister and my niece for my mental lapse.  I suppose we’ve all had it happen to us: “Where’d I put those car keys again?  Did my child … Read More

The Gospel for Me & Others This Summer

June 13, 2019

Do you consider yourself a disciple of Jesus? Discipleship, in much of the American church, has become associated with Bible studies. Don’t get me wrong—the Bible is always central to discipleship! But we can be tempted to separate Bible study from actually living it out. But for Jesus, the call to follow him as a … Read More

Providence or Promises

June 6, 2019

We stood bedside as we watched a dear family member struggle unto death. Loud grunts filled the hospital room for what seemed like hours as she labored for every breath. As she was a woman of faith, some questioned: “So, for a woman who served God all these years, is this how it’s going to … Read More

Building Bridges Through Relationships – and a Cup of Coffee

May 30, 2019

I am certainly excited to begin sharing the details of my online journey at Westminster Seminary, after completing a Masters degree in Biblical Counseling, over the last three years. Taking a sip out of my new coffee mug, I look to its message and I am so grateful to all for voicing their many congratulations, … Read More

What does Biblical Church Growth look like?

May 25, 2019

Hello GRC! Two weeks ago, while wrapping up the congregational meeting, I said something like this: “I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t grow numerically over the next couple of years.”  Some of you wondered what I meant by that.  Let me back up a few steps, in order to help you track with me. … Read More

Praying When We Don’t Know How

May 16, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling my weakness these days.  I’m engaged in a situation where I have no control and everyone else is making decisions that I have to navigate and walk another person through, even if I don’t fully agree with those decisions.  (Truly none of us have control, but … Read More