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Living My Faith

Evidence of the Spirit: Joy

I must admit that I am drawn to joyful people. By that I don’t necessarily mean joke tellers (although I like them too). Humor…

Living My Faith

Don’t ever say, “just a layperson”

No Christians want weak pastors at their congregations. Church members want a pastor who is a good speaker; a hard worker; a good manager;…

Prayer

Sounds like a prayer to me

Lord, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m not sure how it all started or how to pick up the pieces of my…

Who is God?

Evidence of the Spirit: Love

Sometimes God is really, really obvious in his work. He once demonstrated his terrible wrath over human sin by sending massive amounts of water…

Bible 101

Thankful for my baptism

Some of you can remember your baptism as though it were yesterday because perhaps it was yesterday. For others it’s a faint memory of…

Who is God?

Birthday praise

  Who was the first crafty kid to hustle his parents into praising him for being born? I’m trying to envision the conversation ….

Life’s Challenges

The problem with coping mechanisms

Each day seems to bring a new announcement or policy concerning the pandemic that challenges our normal way of life. At the church where…

Who is God?

Not a coincidence

God is subtle, isn’t he? He’s so quiet that some people can go through their entire lives and not notice his work at all….

Who is God?

The Spirit gives spiritual life

You probably have some stressful memories of being dumped somewhere and left to fend for yourself. Maybe your parents pushed you into some kind…

Prayer

You’ve got God’s phone number

Last year J. J. Watt, an NFL football player, made news when he gave out his phone number and invited people to connect with…

Who is God?

The triune God makes real news

Identifying fake news isn’t easy. Do I like or share a social media post or picture? Or is it fake? One reason Christians celebrate…

Bible 101

Not lost in translation

I consulted with a group of Christians in the former East Germany shortly after the Berlin Wall came down. Democracy was beginning to take…