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

Go and Tell

November 7, 2019

Throughout my childhood, I was the most introverted person you would come across. Sometime in my mid-20s, I suddenly couldn’t help talking to people, even complete strangers. I would engage people in whatever topic(s) they were interested in, whatever they threw at me. But, as a believer since my early-30s, I found myself incredibly shy … Read More

An Aversion to Prayer

October 31, 2019

Sadly, I notice in me an aversion to prayer. Not all types of prayer – blessing a meal, praying for a friend, our world, etc.. – but particularly my midday prayer. It’s in my calendar and accompanied by an alarm, but nonetheless it is often subject to the snooze button or disregarded altogether. My dislike … Read More

What’s Your Favorite?

October 24, 2019

What’s your favorite food?  What’s your favorite movie?  Your favorite novel?  Or your favorite record album?  These are some of the fun questions we ask, to get to know each other better, to see what interests we have in common, or simply to pass the time.  Sometimes these interchanges are fun, and sometimes they can … Read More

Learning From Naomi About God’s Provision

October 17, 2019

We’ve been looking at the Old Testament Book of Ruth in our small group and trying to see the story freshly, through the eyes of those who would have read the story when it was written.  Our American world in the 21st century is wildly different than what Naomi, Ruth and Boaz experienced.  There are … Read More

Believing What We Sing

October 10, 2019

“There is no one like Jesus, there is no one like him. We walk, we turn, we search; there is no one like him.” If you attended GRC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 21st, you may have heard some kids and adults from our congregation singing these words. If you are like me (and I … Read More

Wilson, Lennon, and Jesus

October 3, 2019

At the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, following an adoring reception by thousands of Parisians, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson told assembled leaders that they had the chance to establish peace where all others had failed. He added that  “Even Jesus Christ had failed because he gave us the ideal without devising a practical scheme to … Read More

Peace in the Sandbox

September 26, 2019

When thinking about our great God and His amazing attributes, I would have to say that His sovereignty is my all-time favorite.  One simple and mind-blowing way to describe the sovereignty of God is that He is absolutely in control of all things. For some people, the knowledge that God is in control can bring … Read More

Sam, the Missional Dog

September 19, 2019

I may own the most popular dog in the neighborhood.  Two weeks ago I got a little Patterdale Terrier named Sam.  He’s adorable, but super energetic, so we’re often out in the neighborhood walking or in my backyard playing.  In the two weeks I’ve had him, I may have met and had a conversation with … Read More

The Apostle Paul and Jazz

September 12, 2019

Wynton Marsalis, internationally renowned jazz and classical musician, writes movingly about two aspects of jazz he discovered early in his career.  First, jazz teaches you to express your uniqueness.  “Through jazz, we learn that people are never all one way.  Each musician has strengths and weaknesses.  We enjoy hearing musicians struggle with their parts, and … Read More