I have a confession. I have been very cynical and snarky about big-box megachurches. I’ve been jaded about the light shows, the worship bands, and the hipster pastors in skinny jeans. I may have, once or twice, even referred to a certain big-box church as “Six Flags Over Jesus.” Maybe you’ve been there too. I’ve … Continue reading I’m A Small Church Pastor, And I’m Quitting My Complaining About Megachurches. Here’s Why.
Another roundup of the daily Twitter feature: Lunchtime Music Break. Tune in each weekday at noon to see an inspiring and encouraging musical selection to send you off to lunch with a little happiness. (Sorry I'm a little late posting this - had a really busy weekend!) Monday: "In My Father's House" by Eric Bibb … Continue reading Weekend Music Mix, July 15, 2017
This post is part of a series reflecting on my Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Pilgrimage was a guided experience called “The Footsteps of Jesus” - every Friday, I’ll be posting a “Footsteps Friday” reflection (see index here). I look forward to your sharing your thoughts and comments. The Basilica of the Annunciation in … Continue reading In The Shadow Of A Great Cathedral, I Learned That Ordinary, Daily Life Has Great Dignity (A Footsteps Friday Post)
Mary, one of our Covenant-First Presbyterian congregation members, was telling me about volunteering to help children develop reading skills. She shared with me her incredulity when one of the children she worked with asked, “What do I get if I do my reading lesson?” The question reveals something about human nature - we always have … Continue reading You Can Focus Your Faith On What You Get Or On Who You’re With. Choose Wisely.
Our church secretary, Bonnie, knocked on the doorframe and poked her head into my office: “Pastor, I just wanted to let you know that there’s a woman in the sanctuary. She said she just got diagnosed with skin cancer, and she needed someplace to come and pray.” “Does she want to speak with me?” I … Continue reading What I Learned From The Time I Didn’t Pray
Music has power to inspire, to move, to lift up our spirits, and to encourage us to aspire to higher things. I often use songs as illustrations in my sermons, and I frequently share them on my Twitter feed. This past Wednesday, I started a new feature on Twitter: the Lunchtime Music Break, where I … Continue reading Weekend Music Mix, July 8, 2017
This post is part of a series reflecting on my Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Pilgrimage was a guided experience called “The Footsteps of Jesus” - every Friday, I’ll be posting a “Footsteps Friday” reflection (see index here). I look forward to your sharing your thoughts and comments. The desert is the place of … Continue reading When Your Identity Is Attacked: Lessons From The Judean Desert