It is my prayer that you will have the peace of Christ deep in your hearts in these days of uncertainty. Last week, we sent out an update regarding our response as a church community to the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, so much has developed on the issue, even just in a matter of days.
Pastoral Reflections The world has watched with rising panic as the coronavirus spread, and news of it spread even faster. We see its effects all over; travel bans, out-of-stock product lines, isolations, tumbling stock markets, even the NCAA considering tournaments without fans. How are we to think and respond in days such as these? To
Pastoral Reflections The practice of Lent goes back to the early church. We also know that long before it was institutionalized in the 4th Century, the church already had a tradition of fasting in the days before Easter. But did you know that those days of fasting focused on two matters of corporate significance? One
Pastoral Reflections It was a year ago, at least by the liturgical calendar, when our former boiler blew up. It was the last Sunday of Epiphany, right before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. You can’t forget it… We gave up heat for Lent! As I look toward this Lent… this Ash Wednesday, I
Pastoral Reflections Every Sunday after the sermon and before the Lord’s Table, we reaffirm our faith through the words of the Nicene Creed. The Creeds are like capsules condensing elements of our faith into clear, articulate and memorable statements. What’s easily forgotten, though, are the struggles and sacrifice of church fathers as they fought to
Pastoral Reflections The days following the killing of the Iranian general, Qasem Suleimani, tensions rose high. The US and Iran raged at each other. There was worry across the land of the possibility of military conflict of some level. Then, people began to feel relief when it appeared that tension was reducing. I felt some
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Listen to the link first: This song spoke to me today because if there’s anywhere I’ve been walking this past year, it’s been the desert. If there’s anything I’ve been, it’s been dry. It’s been thirsty… Recently, God has brought me (and my family) to a great Table. Here it is before me, and yet
Pastoral Reflections Beginning the day on Monday with a radio program in which a child’s voice was reciting Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech was a timely reminder of the ongoing influence of late Dr. King. As I listened to the child though, a question roamed my mind, “What gave MLK so
Pastoral Reflections If you looked up ‘evangelical’ in a dictionary, the adjectival form suggests an accordance to the teachings of the Gospel. The noun derives accordingly; a person, church or organization who adheres to Gospel-centered teachings and traditions in the Christian faith. However, how words come to be used in the street is equally influential