Living up to expectations

When it comes to being a pastor of a church, I’m used to being the odd man out. That is, for whatever reasons, I tend to be the one that people remember because he was that different. You might think that works to my advantage. Not usually. As a result, I’ve learned if you don’t fit people’s expectations, they will not listen to you. That’s okay. They were only going to listen to their expectations…..

To Children’s Church or not to Children’s Church

I wholeheartedly disagree with the concept of completely removing children from “regular” worship. It’s a stupid, modern idea that perpetuates what’s wrong with our sense of worship. What’s wrong with our sense of worship? By and large, we speak of worship in terms of what it means to us. Going to church makes me feel good. It reenergizes me, gets me ready for the week. That’s why we argue about worship styles and formats. We’ve…..

Just asking

It’s been annoyingly repeated too much: there is no such thing as a dumb question. I stopped believing that lie years ago! Within everything we do, there is an important task of asking questions. There is also an art of learning to ask the right questions, or the right kinds of questions. Forbes, in a recent article, offered an example of a great question. Think about looking for your next perfect job. That’s the context…..

I am a child of God

This song was offered at the conclusion of my sermon this weekend. We had spoken about the prodigal son and his brother. More or less, the message was that some people don’t want to accept you because they remember what you used to be. God still calls you beloved, even though others don’t! Oh, and the short one on the left is Ashlei! Stay blessed…john

Tales From the Church Refrigerator | I’ll Take the Heat

Once upon a time… A preacher greeted the congregation as they exited the sanctuary. It had been a blessing of a time, a gathering that included the faithful praying for God’s will, hearing God’s love proclaimed enthusiastically and the receiving of Holy Communion. People smiled, hugged and even offered a holy kiss or two as the time for their gathered worship concluded. One saint offered a blessing as he was leaving, just like most people…..