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
Just about to go to the closing ceremonies for our first week of Joni and Friends Family Retreat. It was a beautiful week. Praise. Laughter. Joy. The Church being the Church. I look forward to this all year. Being with these great families lifts my spirits, and reminds me how awesome God is.
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
Since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed playing the “Celebrity Look-Alike” game, and the stranger or more obscure the better. You know the drill: “You know who that guy looks like? Michael Stipe with a curly wig!” In the last two weeks, I’ve found myself noticing not would-be celebrities, though, but people who look like … More Play a New Game
The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom, for your encouragement and joy: If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now … More For Those Who Love God, or Long To
“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