Caution: Controversial Content!

Reflections from your Pastor……             Theologian Walter Brueggemann is a lot like Jesus in the fact that neither is afraid to “tell it like it is”.  Brueggemann writes that the crisis in the U.S. church is not because of our political leanings one way or another, but rather it is due to “giving up … Read more…

Cracked Pots

Monday Morning Quarterback; Reflections from your Pastor……           In this the season of the ham & turkey circuit, (graduation open houses) it is not a bad time to consider Paul’s reminder to the church at Corinth when he tells them ”But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear … Read more…

Our Deepest Fear…..

            In a poem that I would describe as deeply profound, Marianne Williamson encompasses a hidden truth. The title of the poem is “Our Deepest Fear” and the opening line is “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” She goes on to … Read more…

I am the one Jesus Loves!

Monday Morning Quarterback; Reflections from your Pastor……           Who do you say you are?  What is your identity? Would you say it is your job, your career, your possessions, your family? Social scientists posit something they call the “looking glass theory” that states our identity is formed based on how others who are very important … Read more…

Staying Connected to the Source

.  Monday Morning Quarterback; Reflections from your Pastor…….           Every now and then, we will lose our internet connection at church. For no apparent reason, it just disappears. If you are right in the middle of sending emails or researching online, it can be very frustrating. But losing are connection with God is more than … Read more…

Tuning in to the source

Monday Morning Quarterback; Reflections from your Pastor           Have you ever tried to really concentrate in a noisy environment? When I was in seminary, the reading and homework was so heavy that it was a constant in your life. I recall one time when I took my daughters to a skating rink with all the … Read more…

Hope is a good thing!

Monday Morning Quarterback; Reflections from your Pastor           “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding from the movie Shawshank Redemption I wonder if at some point in our lives, if we all feel this way.  The feeling that hoping for … Read more…

Discipleship 101

            Where do we learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ?  I know this seems like a relatively simple question, non-controversial and all that. But when you start to think about how we would answer that, we might encounter some “sticky wickets” as the British say. Naturally, a good answer … Read more…

Repent!!

Monday Morning Quarterback; Reflections from your Pastor           If your heart is broken over the most recent tragedy in Florida, I’m there with you.  Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with them. But more than our thoughts and prayers, I believe the time has come for us to “repent”. Let me explain; the perception of … Read more…

Where is your passion leading you?

Monday Morning Quarterback; Reflections from your Pastor           Now that all the hype and hoopla have ended regarding the Super Bowl,  you might be wondering who to root for now?  What do fanatical fans do in the off season with all that passion they have for the “home team. People are passionate about many things, … Read more…