Jesus Christ is Risen! It is by this proclamation that we live. This is the core of who we are. In this we say, “Yes.” The word yes means that it is so. In old English it means “so be it.” Because Jesus Christ is Risen, we too will rise. “So be it!” Because Jesus […]
Preaching during the seven Sundays of the Easter season is my favorite time because I love to proclaim the risen Jesus—the things he said and did before he went up to heaven on Ascension Day. Luke records that just before he rose up into the clouds he said to his disciples, “Thus it stands written: […]
Greetings in Christ Jesus Welcome to April. One theory is that the name comes from an ancient Roman word that means to open. The fourth month of the year was given the name April, because the buds of leaves and flowers opened. This month, half is Lent and half is Easter. We celebrate the death […]
Last Sunday evening I held a meeting in the Connect Center regarding our church’s evangelism. Around twenty people came and heard me give a presentation which included my personal and professional thoughts about it; we read an article together, watched a video from the last Northwest District Convention, and enjoyed an hour-long question and answer […]
Greetings in Christ Jesus Welcome to Lent. All of March is Lent. Ash Wednesday begins the observance of Lent. Ashes on your forehead is a reminder that we will die. Thus we need forgiveness from Jesus. Lent prepares us for the great celebration of Easter. There will be special Lenten Services each Wednesday at 1:30 […]
“Behold the man!” proclaimed the unwitting preacher Pontius Pilate in one of the shortest yet most profound sermons ever recorded. This will be our endeavor this Lent and Easter. Behold the man, God in human flesh, Jesus. His incarnation will provide the basis for our meditation and His real bodily suffering and death will provide […]
Greetings in Christ Jesus The robins have arrived! Spring is on the way! Daylight is longer! What will the groundhog say? Does it matter? Not really. What matters is what God has to say. He reminds us that He is with us no matter what the weather. He will not leave us or forsake us. […]
Dear friends, The following is a slightly truncated letter recently emailed to me by our synod president, pastor Matthew Harrison. Even though January is “Sanctity of Human Life” month in the Christian Church, every month is a time to consider the state of affairs concerning abortion and euthanasia in this land. You may disagree with […]
Another year! What does 2019 have in store? It is a good thing we do not know. God knows.
If current trajectories continue, American churches will pass a tipping point. Our congregations will begin a likely unstoppable path toward decline that will rival many European churches of the past century.