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

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