The Connectional Body of Christ

January 16, 2020

How do you think of your faith in relationship to other Christians?  Truth is, most people don’t much.  Our society conditions us to think of faith as personal and private, our own spirituality.  It’s certainly personally meaningful and spiritual, but private?  That’s not the biblical perspective. God saves us into a relationship with him and … Read More

Fighting Anxiety with Promises from God

January 9, 2020

This past year, I have taken a special interest in what the Bible has to say about anxiety. It is one of those things that seems to fuel all sorts of fires (at least in my life). Anxiety can paralyze me, telling me to obsess over myself and what people think of me. It makes … Read More

Assume Best Intentions

January 2, 2020

“Love is a lovely grace; ‘Love thinks no evil.’  (I Cor. xiii. 5).  It puts the best interpretation upon another’s words.  Love is a well-wisher, and it is rare to speak ill of him we wish well to.  Love is that which cements Christians together; it is the healer of division, and the hinderer of … Read More

One Last Christmas Song

December 26, 2019

Another Christmas has come and gone.  Soon it will be time to take down the tree and the ornaments, and pack them away for next year.  Next week we’ll be watching the huddled masses yearning to breathe free in Times Square.  And then our vision will improve, for we’ll all see 2020. But before all … Read More

Responding in Faith

December 19, 2019

Every Christmas season when I hear the story of the angel Gabriel telling Mary she’ll give birth to the Son of God, I wonder about what moved Mary to respond the way she did.  She responded immediately, surrendering to her role in God’s plan.  What was she thinking?  She most likely knew how difficult giving … Read More

Bah! Humbug!

December 12, 2019

It’s Christmas season. Drag the decorations from the attic. Move furniture. Put the trees in place. Hang the wreaths outside. And the lights. The Health Club I go to has an inflatable dinosaur outside wishing me “Happy Holidays.” There’s house down the street, with a rattan deer on its front lawn with a life-like quizzical … Read More

Gene Therapy, Alien Invasions, & Advent

December 5, 2019

Being a science geek most of my life, I have always enjoyed futuristic conceptualizations captured in science fiction media.  As I look back on medical progress, it is almost shocking how far science has advanced: Things that were once thought impossible, have now become reality.  Take gene therapy, for example, in which a healthy gene … Read More

What Kids Can Teach Us About Giving Thanks

November 28, 2019

I honestly think I have the best job in the world.  Working with GRC’s children and getting a front row seat to our kids’ faith formation is a great blessing.  Most Sundays are filled with managing the logistics of Children’s Ministry.  Though these Sundays are fun, the best Sundays are the ones where I am … Read More

Kanye’s Jesus Is King

November 21, 2019

History was made a few weeks ago when Kanye West’s album titled, Jesus is King, simultaneously topped 5 separate music charts in the US: Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop, Top Rap, Top Christian, and Top Gospel Albums. I freely admit that I had never listened to a Kanye West song before this month, but two weeks … Read More

Tasting Honey

November 15, 2019

“There is a difference between having an opinion, that God is holy a gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace.  There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness.”  (Jonathan Edwards, A Divine and Supernatural Light) … Read More