Open to God: who makes all things new

On Wednesday, Amy Cooper and Christy Perky led the choristers in a Zoom call choir practice. These elementary schoolers were planning to debut a new musical The Truth About Ruth, for the Sunday after Easter. This musical by our own Christy and Amy will be great when we can once again sing together. Amy told […]

Siblings, we can endure all things, through Christ who strengthens us.

A few weeks ago, I saw a sincere portrait of Jesus in a church classroom.  An enormous buff Jesus stood atop the entire earth. One massive foot touched down on the North Pole and descended over Canada.  Was it Easter or maybe the Second Coming? This curly headed brunette Jesus wore a dazzling white robe […]

Spiritual Tools for Difficult Seasons

Twenty years ago I ran my first and only marathon. I have managed to mention it about 10,000 times. In order to run all 26 miles you have to stay hydrated. Even elite runners break their stride enough to slurp down a gel pack and pick up a sports drink.  Around mile 14, I started […]

March 15 At Home Worship Toolkit

Welcome Holy God, help us to be present on this Lenten journey,  even as you are present. Amen.   Romans 5: 1-5 Therefore, since we have been made righteous through God’s faithfulness,we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, […]

Promote the welfare of the city

Amid a national disaster, Jeremiah writes to those unsettled by loss and transition, as Jerusalem was utterly destroyed: “The Lord, our God, proclaims to all those living in exile: Build houses and settle down. Cultivate new gardens and eat the produce. Get married. Have children and look forward to grandchildren. Don’t dwindle away! Promote the […]

Led to Face Temptations

A bestselling Christian author captures our American Civil religion promising: “You have the favor of Almighty God. He has lined up the perfect people and circumstances for your future. His favor is taking you where you could never have gone on your own.”  How does prosperity fit into a season of self-denial and sacrifice?  Will […]