Member or Disciple?

So, you want to be a member of the church?  I wonder if we are using the right word for that particular question. Membership has at its base the idea that there is something to be gained by being a member. You become a member because you “receive” something. There are perks that come with … Read more…

Jealous for Jesus?

Reflections from your Pastor……           I consider it to be one of the greatest faults of being human; that we are prone to jealousy or envy of others success. For some reason, we see what others have and are suddenly discontent with what we already have. We ask questions to the air like “why don’t … Read more…

Holy Wonder

Reflections from your Pastor……           I have to admit that there are times when I don’t pay close enough attention to the details. I like to say that I am a big picture kind of person, but the reality is that paying attention to the details can yield a clearer big picture. So, I’m learning … Read more…

Don’t sweat the petty stuff

Reflections from your Pastor…… Have you ever noticed how so often we focus on little things that have no significant impact or importance on the thing at hand? Much ado about nothing basically. Sometimes this happens in our faith practice; that we take issue with something that ultimately has nothing to do with our salvation … Read more…

Hanging on to Grace

Reflections from your Pastor……           I grew up, as many did, with numerous traditions, both at home and in my place of worship. To say that those traditions shaped me would be true, spot on, actually.  However, to say that those traditions are who I am, would not be an accurate description of the person … Read more…

Practicing our Faith

Reflections from your Pastor……           Visitor to New York, steps out of a cab and asks a local man, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” To which the local deadpans, “Practice, practice, practice” Everything that I have ever excelled at, or even become fairly proficient at in my life has been in large part … Read more…

Blending In……

Reflections from your Pastor…… How exactly do we, as North American Christians, blend into a society that is increasingly indifferent to following Jesus? Many Christian authors and leadership gurus state that we are living in a post-Christian era. Statistics show a sharp increase in those who don’t attend any kind of worship or belong to … Read more…

You are the Light of the World!

Monday Morning Quarterback: Reflections from your Pastor…… In the Bible, Jesus tells us we are salt and light. Well, I’ve known some salty characters in my life, and I have known some pretty bright people, too. But what exactly is Jesus telling us that we are (already supposed to be) in this verse from Matthew … Read more…

Not my burden…..

Reflections from your Pastor…… Watching one of those “finding my ancestors shows”, I was reminded how resilient we can be as humans. There are so many stories of how this person or these people, in spite of all odds, made it across the ocean and landed in the United States. Even after landing here, they … Read more…

The Power of Fear

Reflections from your Pastor……             Fear can be a powerful motivating factor, thrusting us headlong into something or somewhere we didn’t believe we could or may not have wanted to go.  Conversely, it can be that which causes us to “freeze up” and not take any action at all. As many times as God … Read more…