Some of you have known this was coming for a while, but now we are ready to talk about details: I have resigned as the Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical United Church of Christ, and in mid-September, Christy and I will be moving our family to Cupertino, California, where we will be serving as the lead staff … More Changes
We had a video malfunction at St. Paul Church last weekend, so the service didn’t get recorded. Since it was the second week in a four-part series, I thought it would be nice to make the sermon available, in case someone was trying to follow along. So, what follows is the manuscript of the sermon … More Jesus is the Source of Your Joy
It’s 12:40 on Thursday morning, and I’m sitting in ER room 13. It’s as dark in here as I’ve ever seen an ER room, and that’s good, because my son Zach doesn’t like any light when he’s sleeping. To avoid embarrassing any of the principals in this story, I’m not telling you why he’s here. … More The Little Things
Last Sunday in worship, I talked about how God protects his Kingdom people in the world (If you are interested in seeing that sermon, you can click here). One of our observations was that God promises to protect his people and his Kingdom; if we believe this, then it is wise for us to obey … More Learning to Live in the Kingdom
The title above is also the title of a book by Amos Yong that I’m reading today. Yong is a Pentecostal theologian, and the brother of a man with Down Syndrome. I want to share with you today the end of his first chapter, as it’s clarity was particularly gripping to me. Some say that … More The Bible, Disability, and the Church
“I wish I had met my big sister.” I was standing in the cemetery behind Salem Church in Lena, with my 12-year old son, Joshua. Salem Church is where I was serving as pastor 13 years ago yesterday, when my wife Christy gave birth to our first child. Caitlyn Marie Woosley was stillborn, in the … More Salem means Peace
I’ll assume you’re familiar with the ol’ “good cop, bad cop” routine. If you’re not, I’ll encourage you to turn on your television to find one of the many iterations of “Law and Order” currently playing at this minute (well, unless it’s past the bottom of the hour, in which case we’ve moved on to … More Good Church, Bad Church?