3 Reasons to be “On Time” to Sunday Worship

There are at least three reasons why it is a good idea to be on time to Sunday worship. 1) We Hear and Respond to God’s Call to Worship. We will have a formal call to worship with congregational participation this Sunday, and likely all following Sundays. This is a significant theological aspect of worship….

8 Ways to Help Young Children Enjoy “Big Church” on Sundays

If you have younger children, here are some suggestions for how to coach them to enjoy “big church” on Sundays. 1. Talk to your kids about what they will experience. They will get to sing. They will hear prayers and the Bible read. There will be a sermon and sometimes special events like baptism or the…

Two Very Different Parenting Strategies

There are two primary ways to parent kids. One strategy is to focus behavior modification. This is by far the leading and most popular approach. More than anything else, behavior modification wants children to obey, or at least be quiet, or be still, or whatever will bring us peace. So we count to three, raise…

How to Survive the Pandemic (Ps. 51:3-5)

This is message #2 in our Broken and Contrite: The Unexpected Pathway to Spiritual Renewal sermon series. Listen:  The Bible speaks of a sickness that is not transmitted by physical contact. It is a sickness that invaded the world in the earliest chapters of the Bible. It is worse than a sinus infection. It is…

Stain Removal (Ps. 51:1-2)

This is the first message is our 4-week study in Psalm 51, Broken and Contrite: The Unexpected Path to Spiritual Renewal. Listen here:  It has been twenty years, but I still remember the stain. After I had completed my seminary studies and the trials of pastoral ordination, I received a fountain pen as a gift….

The True Story of St. Patrick

Dr. George Grant wrote an article on the life of St. Patrick for Tabletalk Magazine in August of 2005. Below is an excerpt from that article that uncovers the true story of a remarkable life. Patrick was a younger contemporary of Augustine of Hippo and Martin of Tours — the fifth century heroes of the faith…

Choosing to Forgive (Matt. 18:31-35)

This is part 2 of last week’s message, Responding to the Wound. Listen here:  In his book, The Peacemaker, Ken Sande outlines four essential promises of forgiveness. “I will not dwell on this incident.” “I will not bring up this incident again and use it against you.” “I will not talk to others about this incident.” “I…

Responding to the Wound – Matthew 18:15-20

This is the next message in our People of the Promise sermon series. What do we do when we have been wounded by another believer? Our natural reaction often is either to attack in anger or withdraw in fear. What if the process of experiencing grace and extending grace that conflict requires could result not…