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…..

The gift

This weekend we had our youth group over at our house. We did all the things we would normally do at youth group. Silly game. Snacks. Coffee, too. Prayer and Bible study. Right before our Bible study and prayer, I put a gift bag on the table where we were all gathered. It was a red, shiny Christmas bag Santa brought Nathan last year. I told the group that everyone was responsible for giving everyone…..

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…..

Yes, I cried

Y’all, I teared up. I can’t recall the last time I felt this affirmed about the ministry God has given me!¬†Out of the blue, unnecessarily, I received 2 words of encouragement and affirmation yesterday. They were unrelated comments and given by two totally different people. I usually struggle with compliments. Many of you know that. But I received those words as true affirmation. I didn’t think too much about it afterwards. Then! I’ve cried in…..