Learn something

If you aren’t learning, what are you doing? The writer of Ecclesiastes might say that learning is vanity, but only after he learned that to be true. Our shortsightedness often limits our understanding of learning.  We act like learning only happens in a classroom.  We assume learning is for certain types of people.  All saints are to be learners. What to learn?  I don’t know.  Learn a Bible passage.  Learn a language.  Learn a social skill……

Go back

Was it The Game of Life? Sorry!? Trouble? Chutes & Ladders? Somebody taught us it was burdensome to go back to the beginning.  But if you’ve lost your way, quite often that’s exactly where you need to go.  It’s not a demotion. It’s not a set back.  If you go back on purpose you could very well be learning to live again. Jesus tells the church at Ephesus to go back to what they used to do at first……

Sing Christmas! | Music Monday

I’m late.  I know. I know. It’s Wednesday, and I’m posting Music Monday.  If it makes you feel better, I planned to post this on Monday, but forgot.  Yea, I know, that’s so unlike me to forget anything. Our Chancel Choir hosted their annual Christmas Cantata this weekend.  It’s always a blessing to hear the Christmas story told with music.  I’m grateful for the people that spent many months preparing for this year’s event. This…..

Betty Goes to Jail

This weekend I preached from Luke’s passage when Jesus sends the disciples out with power and authority.  They were told to take nothing with them.  All they would have would be the power, authority and mission Christ gave them.  The sermon was a chance to emphasize the role of service in our Christian faith. If we’re not serving, what are we doing?  Probably taking care of ourselves, but I won’t preach that sermon today. Instead, I…..

You are not a funeral clown

Let’s be real.  Most churchy definitions disqualify me as a young adult.  So, at 38 I’m too old to remember what it’s like to be young.  That’s right.  I’m too old for the typical young adult ministry. Typical. At least I’m no longer invited to young-adult only breakfasts and planning sessions.  The issue now, though, is that the old people (you’re welcome) still think I’m sooo young.  I’m like an entire Sophomore class.  Freshmen are unique because they’re new and…..