Strength for the Journey

A Pain in the… Soul

Our culture does so much to encourage us to avoid pain. Whole industries have been developed to help us avoid, manage, and alleviate as much pain from our lives as possible. There are many ways that this is a good thing. For people dealing with chronic debilitating pain, to have medical professionals work to be…

Advent Reflections: Finding God in Unexpected Places—Hope For Misfits!

We encounter Jesus in unexpected places and people; Don’t let our bias in our hearts blind us to this truth. Matthew 1:1-6 (Jesus’ Genealogy) has several misfits included: prostitutes, adulterers, murderers, evil and corrupt leaders of state, along with very righteous people. What is the genealogy in Matthew teaching us? We’re all broken people –…

This Holiday Season…

The holiday season is kind of a mixed bag for pastors.  I put a lot of pressure on myself to create meaningful worship experiences and offer reflections on our timeless story of the Christ-Child that was born that first Christmas.  Before the kids came along it was easier to justify such narrow minded focus on…