How can we be thankful during times of suffering and acts of horror? Can God create hope in the midst of darkness? thankful time 11 from First Presbyterian Church on Vimeo.
No matter how many times I start to write I hit the backspace and delete button. Why? I don’t want to put something down that is flimsy or trite. Right now the panhandle of Florida is in the midst of a hurricane. My wife has family roots down there, my family rest and renews … More Powerful Prayers, Storms, and Hearts
In the fourth installation of this critical question “What is the Church?” we explore practice of evangelism. When someone says “evangelism” people tend to be excited or turned off with very little middle ground. I invite you to think about evangelism by asking three important questions; “Does the Bible say anything about evangelism?” “What did … More Sermon: “What is the Church?”
I don’t understand. I suppose that in many ways is a good thing, because I do not believe that we are designed to comprehend the vile sickness within someone who carries out the kind of horrors that we learned about this morning. How could this happen; again? Only this time it is the worst on … More The Violence
I understand that people are bewildered about the state of global and national affairs. There is a feeling that we are all spiraling towards some kind of worldwide cataclysmic event. As one person shared so aptly today, “This is further proof to me that we are speeding towards the zombie apocalypse.” This was said in … More Hope is Built
With the wave like rise and decline of interest in William P. Young’s The Shack I find myself engaged in a brief questions about my thoughts on the book or current film. I do not wish to share my feelings about that creative work, rather I want to acknowledge what I hear in the questions that I … More Piercing the Pain
The power of love is limitless to those who have really experienced it. I am not someone who is prone to being “squishy’ about life nor am I frequently subject to a real bad case of “the feels.” When I write about the power of love I immediately recognize that there are those of us … More What Can Love Do?